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Paul Bolt is the professional connections director at Quilter Cheviot. He is also our in-house wine expert. In May 2017 Paul was inducted as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of the Coteaux de Champagne; a great honour indeed.
Gardening Club author Anne Swithinbank is a trained horticulturist, freelance gardening broadcaster and writer, Anne shares tips and advice to keep your garden in perfect shape through the four seasons.
Whether you are a novice looking to venture into the world of photography or an experienced professional, look no further. Our quarterly photography club has hints and tips for those who want to perfect their pictures – no DSLR required.
The warm summer has been perfect for growing both summer (marrows, courgettes and patty pans) and winter squash (pumpkins and butternuts). Given plenty of well-rotted organic matter under their roots and water during dry spells, a good crop has been almost guaranteed. Now, the harvesting, curing and storing of winter squash requires almost as much attention as growing them.
In my garden, pests on outdoor plants are left for nature to extinguish and from spring to summer, any infested indoor plants are stood out in semi-shade to shed intruders. Should you discover pests in autumn, SB Plant Invigorator is a helpful ‘environmentally friendly’ growth stimulant and contact pesticide. Take plants out on a mild day, spray and return. This weakens the scales or waxy coatings of mealybugs, so another spray the following day can penetrate and finish them off. Repeat a week later to nobble any hatchings.
Apartment-dwellers reliant on window boxes and indoor plants for their greenery are no less vulnerable to a change in season. Now’s the time to replant containers with a new set of plants to perform from autumn to spring. In an ideal world, there would be a complete change of compost but you can get away with removing just the top half, chop and moisten the lower, top up with a new container plant compost and replant. The golden rule here is to avoid reusing
compost for the same genus of plant because they sometimes falter due to a buildup of soil pathogens, even in containers.