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September already! It's true what they say, the older you get, the quicker time flies.

Autumn on our doorstep so let’s get ready for this and try and squeeze the most out of the season as we can.

In the vegetable plot, salad crops are coming to an end. Clear the ground, add a cover of good compost and get some winter cabbage in. These will be ready as we get to Christmas and beyond.

A dressing of compost around any brassica crop will act as a winter feed. I find a cane in tall brussels and broccoli help support top heavy plants. On cleared ground, with nothing to go in, a good thick layer of compost suppresses any weeds. It is then ready for winter digging, as the cold and frosty weather arrives.

Bedding will soon fall to the first or the frosts. As soon as this happens, clear out the borders, fork over to allow air within. Rake in some compost and then plant up with winter bedding.

Pansys seem to flower on and on. Some many colours too. Nice to have a splash of colour during the grey days of winter. Roses will continue till Christmas

September 2017

September in the Garden with Sam the Gardener


I was wondering if you might be able to help Guide Dogs promote a volunteering opportunity I believe may be of interest to your readers.

Whilst many people are aware of the guide dog service provided to individuals with sight loss, very few are familiar with the sighted guiding support we also offer. 

My Guide is a scheme delivered by volunteers who are matched with a person who is blind or partially sighted, and is a key part of our commitment to helping those who can benefit, to re-gain their independence and start getting out and about. 

 Penny Hefferan

Volunteer Consultant, Guide Dogs Central Midlands Region

Tel 0118 9838882 - Mobile: 07881 269586

Cycling around Blaby (the second article – the bike)

I find bicycles fascinating pieces of technology.  Although they all do similar jobs, they are rarely identical.  

Although they have changed very little in overall design, some of the technology has been transformed beyond recognition, even during the last ten years:  modern lights are now one-tenth the weight of the lights I used when I was young, yet are so powerful now that one has to be careful not to dazzle oncoming pedestrians and drivers.  

Brakes now work in the wet to bring a bike to stop in rain, whereas just a few years ago, one would pull on the brake levers and start saying one’s prayers (to St Christopher, the Patron Saint of travellers).

Puncture (nearly)-proof tyres can now be bought containing Kevlar, the material for bullet-proof vests