Welcome to the sixth edition of The Gardener's Almanac.
This revision was brought about to try and make the site more user friendly to Tablet and Smart Phone users by creating a more liquid browser layout.
Similarly the Adobe Flash software used in previous versions was changed to 'WMV Video and Audio format', which is available as an app in the iTunes store.
It was also an opportunity to make a few improvements to image displays, and adjust any data that had changed since the author last summarized his diaries.
The purpose of this almanac remains the same and that is:
To supply simple information and weekly guidance on tasks that can be carried out in various parts of the garden or the allotment.
Site navigation is the same as before and that is:
Enter the site by clicking on the title of any month on the home page, this will display a drop down menu showing various locations in a typical garden.
Select the area you desire and this will take you to a programme of weekly tasks.
Alternatively should you be seeking information for a particular task by name, I suggest you use the "Alphabetical Table of Contents" on the home page.
To keep information brief a list of related links* will often accompany the data,thus saving you the need search the site for further data that you may need to clarify certain points within the brief.
*These Related Links are written in general terms, meaning that the instructions might need a little adjustment to suit the particular situation.
To return to the index/s, click on the Home button on the navbar.
Generally clicking on images will enlarge them, or on occasions lead you to a slide show.
The author has also produced a few "Blogs" showing pictures of the Garden and Allotments he has developed and maintained for the past 40+ years (see here)
During these years he kept diaries detailing the cultural aspects of the Garden and Allotments, these 'Diaries' in turn were then summarized to form the core information displayed on this website.
In the main this website / almanac has been constructed to highlight to the reader, tasks for a given time of the year, and not as an in depth information package on gardening.
As with much gardening literature, location can play a large part in the accuracy of the data!
To this end the author has produced a reference chart that will allow the reader to adjust the information given in these pages to suit his / her own location.
A few words of advice when using the information on this website;
"Let common sense prevail"
It is not imperative, to carry out any task/s at the times shown in this almanac simply because it says so.
If the weather or soil conditions are not in a fit state to carry out the task/s stated, then delay the timing until such times as they are.