I hope that by now your garden is awash with beautiful flowering plants and producing tasty fruit and vegetables. Any plant that is reluctant to bloom may be encouraged by giving it a feed of sulphate of potash (available from garden centres) or tomato food which is also high in potash. When the first flush of roses is over, prune back lightly and feed with a rose fertilizer to encourage more blooms. Rose fertilizer is also high in potash but is blended specifically for roses.
Some plants are already producing seed and these can become free plants for next year. Don't store seeds in plastic bags, as they tend to rot in the humid atmosphere created. Instead, why not use the envelopes received with junk mail. It is a wonderful feeling to take an annoyance such as junk mail and use it to my own advantage. Keep in a cool and dry place or, if you have room, in the fridge.
Fuchsias are one of the most versatile plants in the garden; they thrive in pots or in the ground, come in many colours and flower shapes, are one of the easiest plants to take cuttings from and some are hardy and will survive even winters such as the last few years if planted in the ground. To see examples of this extraordinary plant visit the annual fuchsia show at Oakfield Primary School, Ryde (formerly Bishop Lovett School) on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.
By this time of year, I tend to forget that the time for sowing seeds is not over. Biennials such as Wallflowers, Sweet Williams and Stocks can be sewn now, as well as seeds for Japanese Overwintering Onions. The advantage of growing this type of onion is that they are using ground that is becoming free and are months earlier than summer onions for harvesting. The bulbs are smaller, but the whole onion can be eaten including the leaves.
There are probably as many reasons why people deliver copies of the Isle of Wight Beacon as there are people who deliver. This month we’ve been speaking to one of our East Cowes deliverers to find out why she gets involved.
The scene is set at Robin Hill Country Park ahead of Bestival, which promises a huge range of acts throughout the weekend of 6 – 9 September.
The Duke of Edinburgh was presented with a bottle of specially produced local ale when visiting the Isle of Wight for the second time this summer.
The official charity partner of Cowes Week 2012 is hoping their shore-side fundraising activities are just as successful as their on the water racing.
A full programme of activities has been announced for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, which takes place between 11 and 18 August 2012.
The Independent Lifeboat Lotto has made £36,000 for the units at Ryde, Freshwater and Sandown in its first year.
Island Roads, the company in charge of the Isle of Wight Highways PFI programme, has revealed that it is already working with Bardon Vectis' parent company on fulfilling the contract. …continue
The Fire Brigades Union has claimed a "landmark victory" for its members after the Isle of Wight's emergency control service was transferred to a mainland authority. …continue
Parents on the Isle of Wight are being sent letters to remind them about the importance of the measles vaccine. …continue
Southern Water plans to build a plant in Sandown to turn sea water into drinking water. …continue
Organisers of this year's 'amazing' Race for Life have said a heart-felt thank you to everyone involved. …continue
Around 2,200 homes in Binstead and Wootton have been affected by a power cut this morning (Monday). …continue