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Previous editions of the Dobies of Devon Newsletter:

 

March 2013March 2013: At last with lengthening days and the high pressure that has been a feature of the last ten days or so, I really feel that Spring is approaching. There are daffodils poking their budded heads between the apple trees in the orchard, and snowdrops and crocus ...
February 2013February 2013: The garden was in a sorry state, everywhere soggy and in need of attention, with a branch from our Victoria Plum split and lying on the ground (heavy snow followed by gale-force winds affected its somewhat fragile state). But the days lengthen, snowdrops are shining white in the shrubbery, hellebores with ...
January 2013January 2013: I look back over the last twelve months and still cannot believe how wet it was, all over the UK, and on the continent, too. It seems the trend for increasing periods of very heavy rain will continue, and whilst this is good for refilling reservoirs, and ...
December 2012December 2012: Despite the fact the Christmas is nearly upon us, a time for jollity and enjoying the fruits of our labours, there are so many gardeners who will be suffering from the recent flooding. The wettest year for decades; the ground almost perpetually soggy and ...
November 2012November 2012: Universally, it doesn’t seem to matter where you are in the world, weather - and its effects on humankind - dominate the news. Almost to the point of boredom. But we gardeners are resilient, and with the spanking new ‘Dobies 2013 Wallet’ filled with catalogues detailing seeds ...
October 2012October 2012: Now into Autumn: is there anyone who has enjoyed a truly productive summer? Or are you experiencing an explosion of weed and saturated – or even flooded – ground? Traditionally, October weather has a good patch in the middle of the month; St Luke’s Little Summer. A marvellous time ...
September 2012September 2012: What with the wettest summer in 100 years and frost in August, whatever next? Snow in September? It’s enough to discourage keen young gardeners, or older and more experienced ones for that matter. But gardeners are made of stern stuff, and what’s a little bad weather in the overall scheme of things. Edible produce ...
August 2012August 2012: Has anyone had a reasonable gardening summer, weather-wise? Or has it been a total washout? Everywhere I have travelled since May, in the UK and abroad, there are tales of woe from gardeners and nurserymen, and failed vegetables, fruit and flowers. In our own garden ...
July 2012July 2012: When visiting any of the major RHS shows, I guess we all make an early start, drive (train or bus) to wherever; park, making sure we have all we need with us for a fabulous day out (including a raincoat, just in case), and then walk to the Showground entrance...
June 2012June 2012: There’s plenty to celebrate this month: hot weather at last, which encourages far too much lazing in the garden, rather than working in it. I am so pleased that the positioning of rainwater barrels in every possible location was attended to last Autumn; last month’s heavy rain has filled them to overflowing, and I am now able to take advantage of this free supply ...
May 2012May 2012: Into the fifth month already, and what a year it has been so far for gardeners on the weather front. Last month I commented on the unseasonably warm weather we had been experiencing at the end of March; and it then turned out that April was the wettest on record! Struggling to keep crops protected from the cold ...
April 2012April 2012: We have been spoiled with unseasonable weather of late - high temperatures, soil rapidly warming and a plethora of honey bees. Fruit trees ...
March 2012March 2012: One of the more pleasurable aspects of working from home is that in many instances one can nip outside into the garden ...
February 2012February 2012: Spring in Winter, and now frost, damp, drizzle and cold,...
January 2012January 2012: Whether the weather is fit to be working outdoors or not, early January is the perfect time to assess ...
December 2011December 2011: Another year has almost gone by and no doubt you, like me, are frantically preparing for the Christmas festivities whilst snatching moments in the garden when the weather is sufficiently clement...
November 2011November 2011: The clocks have gone back and it´s dark after work: a perfect time to assess our gardening year as we plant bulbs for spring flowering and garlic for plucking green next summer...
October 2011October 2011: Apart from one or two areas of the country, what a scorcher it has been; far too hot to be working in the garden, but excellent for ripening apples and pears. And October is always a good time to celebrate orchards and fruit trees ...
September 2011September 2011: Overnight dews and misty mornings are a gift to gardeners - perfect for sowing a new lawn, or an annual flower patch for next year; or planting out autumn vegetables and preparing the ground for new fruit trees, hedgerows and the like...
AugustAugust 2011: A Good Read: We're devoting much of August to books - produce and what to do with it, books to inspire and books that will so enthral they will have you wanting to order seeds, plants and equipment, browsing through the Dobies catalogues or going online. ...
mayJuly 2011: Mentally, there is this huge gardening build-up to the summer solstice - digging, sowing, planting, pruning, weeding - and then the longest day is here, and gone; we think it´s over. But Summer in all its true glory has only just begun! We´re celebrating, here in our garden: potatoes so delicious we eat far too many, broadbeans ...
mayJune 2011: June in my childhood days seemed to be one long month of sunshine; yet only this last week, how welcome has been the rain: good for the garden, not so for building projects. First potatoes, here in the high Cotswolds, are just coming in to flower; my husband´s allotment-sized vegetable plot betokens future basketfuls of produce ...
mayMay 2011: It seems incredible that a year has passed since I drove down to Devon from the Cotswolds to discuss working with the Dobies team on their monthly e-newsletter, and subsequently their blog. And what a twelve months it has been: a wet and weedy summer, an abnormally long and cold winter, and now weeks of hot, baking sunshine here in the ...
AprilApril 2011: Eco-friendly Gardens,‘Square Metre’ Gardening, Community Orchards, Education and a Family Day Out..
MarchMarch 2011: A busy month, room for Wildlife, recovering from the Winter, perfect pancakes.
FebruaryFebruary 2011: As Spring approaches, Out in the Garden, Inspired Visit, Bookshelf.
JanuaryJanuary 2011: New year, new beginnings; planning your vegetable garden; comfort food; new blog.
DecemberDecember 2010: Winter solstice; feed the birds; encourage the next generation of gardeners; fruit red cabbage; Cotswold Farmhouse Fruit Cake.
NovemberNovember 2010: Halloween; storing vegetables, seedling harvest; pumpkin soup; walnut sables; group purchasing scheme.
OctoberOctober 2010: growing garlic; planting bulbs; frost protection; green manuring; school gardens offer; bulk buying for allotment societies & garden clubs; gardener’s kitchen: apple & tomato chutney, tarte tatin.
SeptemberSeptember 2010 : wasps; protecting soft fruit; sowing new lawns; plant spring flowers; school gardens; gardener’s kitchen: blackberry jelly, damson & orange preserve.
AugustAugust 2010 : labour-saving hints (weeding, mulching, watering); conservation (bumblebees); gardener’s kitchen: cucumber dip, broad-bean toast-topping.
JulyJuly 2010 : crop protection; creating a wildlife-friendly garden; mini-totorial (plug plants); gardener’s kitchen: salamagundi (salads), fruit pavlova.
JuneJune 2010 : weather forecast links; watering & water conservation; create a culinary herb patch; gardener’s kitchen: green herb sauce, strawberry jam.