News Round Up
Monday 14th July:
Call to alms can save gardening project– an enterprising duo selling plants from the gate of their almshouse hope a generous donation can save their gardening project over winter months.
Jeane Mason, 64 and Lily Smith, 85 fear their plants could fall victim to the frost as they are in dire need of a greenhouse-the pair have already sold more than 100 tomato plants this year from their front gate and expanding the numbers of vegetables they grow.
Gardener convinced he was going to dig up a ?monster?
Gardener was convinced he had grown a monster parsnip after leaves grew to 7ft, called in camera crews to capture the moment-only to discover a tiny four inch vegetable.
Tuesday 15th July:
Shed of the Year 2014 finalists revealed– the finalists have now been chosen, from over 2,000 entries voted by more than 20,000 members of the public.
Including, this couple and their shed pub!
Don?t give your garden a holiday– there is no reason your garden has to look a mess whilst you?re on holiday.
The secret is to have water saving plants in place of the sun.
Wednesday 16th July:
How NGS gardens can help children get to top of the class– the National Gardens Scheme has compiled a list of family friendly gardens that help children.
Science lessons will include identifying wild flowers and garden plants as well as trees. So during the summer holidays they can do than just sit at home.
Woodpeckers blamed for holes in telegraph poles– woodpeckers are causing problems for engineers in the Highlands by drilling holes in telegraph poles during the birds? mating season.
Thursday 17th July:
Sticky Wicket for club after pitch stolen- Police this week appealed for information in their hunt for thieves who stole a cricket pitch.
Between July 7th-10th, a 30-yard by four-strip of Astroturf was taken from the nets area at St Modans Sports and Social Club, Park Drive. Club spokesman said the strip was surgically removed by a carpet knife and will cost around £1000 to replace.
Heroic woman gardener saves drowning labradoodle by diving in the Thames after dog in vet?s collar jumped out of it?s owners garden- a heroic woman gardener jumped into the River Thames to save a drowning Labradoodle in a vets collar which had jumped over the wall of its owners garden.
Julie had been working in the garden of her clients home in Putney when the puppy called Jess jumped over the back wall of the £2 million home next to the river.
Friday 18th July:
Dinasours on the rampage at the Eden Project- our selection of family-friendly events from all over the UK.
A growing legacy: America?s ground-breaking women gardeners: a new exhibition in New York explores the impact women have had on landscape design and photography in the early 20th Century
Saturday 19th July:
How to help British butterflies have a ball- even our urban boxes can give butterflies a helping hand, Sir David Attenborough tells Laura Silverman
How to attract butterflies
Find sunny, sheltered spots for your plants
Choose different plants to attract a variety of species
Good plants for summer nectar include small buddleia, Verbena bonariensis and lavender
Water your plants well. They?ll produce more nectar
Deadhead flowers and mulch with organic compost
Alan Titchmarsh tips on growin penstemons- Looking for perennials to brighten your borders? Pick penstemons says Alan Titchmarsh
?They are the highlight of summer and I cant recommend them too highly. Give them a whirl and see if you agree.?
Sunday 20th July:
Felix Dennis & his forest of good fortune- a publishers foresight and £500m legacy is helping to fill a 30, 00 acre site with native trees
When Felix Dennis, of OZ magazine and publishing dame, died last month, he left much of his £500 million fortune to a forest.
Gardeners fight Government plans to build on their allotments- the Independent on Sunday dig for victory campaign visits a growing community under threat
On Friday, the mother of three will travel with other Farm Terrace allotment holders to the High Court, to hear the fate of their site. They are challenging a ruling by Eric Pickles, the Secetary of State for Communities and Local Government, to allow Watford Borough Council to build over it. If they are unsuccessful, the 128-plot allotment, which has been cultivated since 1896, and adjoining sites, will be replaced with 750 homes and commercial buildings forming a proposed £250m Watford health campus.