Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: November in the Garden
Nov02

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: November in the Garden

November probably beats even early February in the contest for dreariest month of the year, yet I quite enjoy its challenge. This week, we’re looking at end of season tasks, as the garden, like its plants, gradually shuts up shop for winter. Raking leaves Not a chore for me, as tickling the colourful leaves from border edges and combing them out of emerald turf is so satisfying. A plastic-headed rake is my tool of choice and I race to...

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Autumn Colour
Oct05

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Autumn Colour

Shuffling through crisp autumn leaves, raking them to reveal emerald green lawn and collecting the prettiest for a nature table are seasonal delights. Shuffling through crisp autumn leaves, raking them to reveal emerald green lawn and collecting the prettiest for a nature table are seasonal delights.  A good collection of trees and shrubs that turn brilliant bonfire colours ensures a good display and you can plant now. For...

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Apples and orchards
Oct05

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Apples and orchards

In our family, the apple season is eagerly anticipated, when we can enjoy our own fruit from August to February. In our family, the apple season is eagerly anticipated, when we can enjoy our own fruit from August to February. As flowering, productive, wildlife friendly trees for small gardens, I can’t rate them too highly and there are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from. Not all suit the moor though and even local Devon...

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: A wild Dartmoor garden
Sep17

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank: A wild Dartmoor garden

Say ‘Princetown’ and most folk immediately think of the austere-looking prison built during the Napoleonic Wars. Yet the highest village in Dartmoor is also home to the National Park Visitor Centre housed in the old Duchy Hotel, a favourite haunt of Conan Doyle. Here, you can learn the history of Dartmoor, enjoy exhibitions housed in the old ballroom and visit a tranquil wild garden, the Dartmoor Conservation Garden, depicting the...

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