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Gardening for the Third Week of June

Gardening for the Third Week of June
Naked Gardening!
Every now and again you find a new website that tells you something amazing and this week I found a website that told me all about Gardening Naked! Apparently 3rd May each year is World Naked Garden Day!
The idea of course is to garden in the buff!
The other thing I’m always harkening on about is visiting gardens to get ideas and many gardens that are normally private open their doors for the public for just a couple of days per year. Well on the topic of naked gardening……… a couple who advertise their garden open days with the rider “Clothes optional” have had more people visit their garden than ever before……………….. I wasn’t one of the visitors! Were you?
And can you garden naked lawfully? Well almost…………… as long as you can’t be seen by neighbours. Mind you if they are standing on steps or peering out of a window to see you ………. They might be committing an offence!!!
I’ll be sure to remind you next year to garden naked on May 3rd!!
What to Do This Week?
My Limnanthus douglasii (Poached Egg plant) has finished flowering and is seeding away merrily. Normally I let it die down, sow its own seeds then just plant in the ground and it comes up every year.  This year I collected as much seed as I could and put it in a box and left it out to ripen fully and dry off. Unfortunately the wind picked up the box and spread the contents in an other border!
I’ll now have a nice crop coming up there next year! Who knows when these sort of accidents really come up trumps and look good!
As I mentioned it has been really windy this week and the forecasted rain never materialised so a priority this week has got to be watering. Try and only water those plants that really need it. Otherwise you will make many of your other plants dependant on you watering them.
Beth Chatto has a garden where she has not watered one plant for over 25 years!
Try and water in the evening when water is less likely to evaporate.
Matthew asked ……….. “How do I propagate Banana plants?
There are many ways to commercially propagate bananas from micro propagation to seeds but for us in the UK the beast way is by suckers.
When a sucker appears and is about 30cm high it can be sliced away from the parent plant. By the time it is this height it should have produced it’s own roots. It is important to cut as close to the parent plant as possible. Cut off all the unrolled leaves of the sucker and pot into a gritty compost and stand in the shade. Within a couple of weeks it will grow on and can be repotted.
I’m off next week but stayed tuned the following Sunday 10 till 12 noon.
Happy Gardening

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