I RECKON relatively few folk grow strawberries, thinking it is made complicated with dedicated strawberry beds needing continual replacement. All this might seem like too much faff. Worse, if you make a bed but don’t replace that third each year, then the cropping becomes near-worthless.
“Off the ground they are warmer, drier and safer”
Of course, if you want huge quantities of fruit then a dedicated bed may make sense – if you have space. However for many, it’s more practical to grow a few plants in containers, but only if these are decently sized!
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Lifting tender bulbs and tubers
It’s time to shelter those less hardy perennials, says Ruth
Alliums can be big, bold, purple-headed statements in a late-spring garden, yet they are simply ornamental onions. Anne Swithinbank selects the best varieties
A swarm of flowers
Tall and long flowering, sanguisorbas are wonderful border plants that look like a swarm of bees from a distance – and you can plant them now, says Hazel Sillver
Smart currant cutting
Now is a great time to take cuttings of currants, as Bob explains how to make even more soft fruit plants for free
Revitalising your soil
Rest the ground and feed it for next year, says Ruth
Taking hardwood cuttings
Autumn is the ideal time to take hardwood cuttings, say Steve and Val Bradley, as they explain the best techniques to use if you want strong, healthy new plants
Keeping up with change
Some new varieties need a little explaining, says Peter
The glory of grasses
Prized for their structure and colour during autumn and winter, grasses are a fine addition to any border – and they can be planted now, says Hazel Sillver
Wildlife's biggest foes
Val picks wildlife threats she’d like to banish to Room 101
Better Broad Bean Planting
Q We love fresh broad beans and attempted to grow some earlier this season by buying plants. They went into good soil, but didn’t seem to take off and were attacked by blackfly. I’ve heard about autumn plantings. Do they work, and when do we sow? Monica Huggins, Camberwell, London
John Tarahteeff’s paintings take you somewhere new, yet familiar. You don’t entirely know where it is, but it feels like you’ve been there before.
I tried to love the Touch Bar but now I'm ready for it to go away
Apple needs to bring Center Stage to the Mac ASAP.
iClever BTH13 headphones for kids: Sonically safer for junior
Never mind the pink-and-blue color scheme or the flashing lights. These are legitimate headphones with good sound that also rein in the volume.
FUN with FRIDGE MAGNETS
Have a micro-blast turning precious scrap into useful hangers-on
Dramatic curves from your table saw
Wilson Museum celebrates Bowdoin's centennial
Join the Wilson Museum in celebrating the centennial of Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin, the official vessel of the State of Maine, at programs that revisit Donald MacMillan’s Arctic explorations and delve into the art of shipsmithing.
KANYE - I Cheated On Kim
KANYE WEST HUMILIATES KIM KARDASHIAN — AGAIN — BLINDSIDING HIS EX WITH “HURRICANE,” A RAP ABOUT HIS INFIDELITY.
CHANGE IS THE ULTIMATE CREATIVITY
UPAMA RAJASEKHAR is a Brighter Minds facilitator. Here, PURNIMA RAMAKRISHNAN meets with her and some of the children she facilitates in the program, to learn firsthand about their experiences.
A case of two halves
HOW TO RAISE EMOTIONALLY RESILIENT CHILDREN
NAOMI ALDORT is the author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, published in nineteen different languages. She guides parents via phone, Skype and workshops internationally, bringing peace and clarity to both difficult situations and everyday family issues, including marriage, pregnancy, birth, diet and lifestyle, and child development for children of all ages. Her S.A.L.V.E. communication formula has been praised as providing the best of the work of Byron Katie and Nonviolent Communication combined. In this exclusive interview with LAKSHMI ARAVIND, Naomi shares her wisdom on how we can raise emotionally resilient, well-adjusted, authentic children.