Claude Monet FoundationMonet’s Garden at Giverny
84, Rue Claude Monet
Monet’s Garden is open every day from 1 April – 1 November 2011 (9.30am – 6.00pm). It is about a 90km drive from Paris or 45min by train.
When growing herbs, it’s important to understand what conditions they like. Most will enjoy being baked in the sun with very good drainage, while others prefer a damper situation in the shade. Here’s a quick guide.More on herbs from BBC Gardening
Dry & sunny
Coriander and dill do best in a sunny spot, but need to be watered during dry spells to prevent them running to seed too early.
(Photograph: Many thanks to Tim’sSeaGlimpses from the Gardeners’ World Flickr group)More on growing strawberries from BBC Gardening
Strawberries need to be grown in full sun to get the best flavour. They need plenty of moisture too, with shelter from the wind. If your soil is very sandy or alkaline, we’d recommend growing them in a large container. Three plants to a 10 litre pot usually works well.
Young strawberry plants normally go on sale in garden centres in about July or August. Summer-bearing varieties crop over two or three weeks from the end of May to the end of July. And within this period, there are early, mid- and late-season varieties. To extend the season, you could grow one of each. The alternative is to buy a perpetual or everbearing variety. These tend to produce smaller crops of smaller fruits but over a longer period.
JOBS FOR THE WEEKEND: SAVE SELF-SOWN SEEDLINGS AS YOU WEED
As you hand-weed your borders, it’s worth keeping an eye out for self-sown seedlings. If you want to keep them in situ, thin them out so that they don’t become overcrowded. Or if you want to grow them in a different part of your garden, dig up a selection and transplant them straight away.More seasonal advice from BBC Gardening
JOBS FOR THE WEEKEND: TIE IN SWEET PEAS
Sweet peas put on a lot of growth at this time of year, so it’s important to keep tying them in to their support. Using garden twine, make a loose figure of eight between each stem and its support so that the stem can move freely about in the wind.More on growing sweet peas from BBC Gardening
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