Dr Dinah Parums has been gardening from childhood, having grown up in north Derbyshire, England.
In the 1960's and 1970's, Dinah's mother created a garden which contained patios, containers, borders, trees, shrubs, fruit and vegetable, a pond and areas for wildlife.
This is a view of Dinah Parums' childhood garden.
Dinah has had small and large gardens, most of which have been started from scratch.
At the age of 10 years old, Dinah bought a little book for 1 shilling (1/- NET) which gave monthly instructions of what to do in the garden. It had 47 pages with black and white photos and was A5 size.
The book was called: Ward Lock’s Gardening Calendar: What to Do and When to Do It. In flower garden; rock garden; fruit garden; vegetable garden and under glass.
These 'to do' lists were useful as they gave a guide for each month.
So in this gardening site these things have been gathered together and written down as monthly guides.
In old gardening guides, monthly topics included; General Garden Work; The Flower Garden; The Vegetable Garden; The Fruit Garden; Shrubs and Trees.
In this blog, for each month Dinah has used a checklist format under the following headings:
- THIS MONTH’S CHECKLIST (Ten Top Things To Do)
- POTS & PATIOS
- PLANTING & PRUNING
- TREES & SHRUBS
- THE GREENHOUSE
- INDOOR PLANTS
- FRUIT GARDEN
- VEGETABLE GARDEN
- LAWNS, HEDGES & PATHS
- CHORES FOR THIS MONTH
Included are photographs and occasional topics of interest as well as some links to helpful websites
and a bibliography. Small gardeners (ie. children) and gardeners of small gardens
will find the checklist style helpful.
A handy source of advice for specific tasks or problems can be found on the Royal Horticultural Society