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I am retired schoolteacher deeply into horticulture, spiritual matters and history. I am keen on walking and reading. I am married with four adult children.


frank beswick

frank beswick

The blog of Frank Beswick. It deals with my interests in religious, philosophical spiritual matters and horticulture/self-reliance
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Articles : 194
Since : 12/04/2011
Category : Religions & Beliefs

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Plant genera: Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a large genus containing many species ranging from deciduous to evergreen perennial to annual and frost hardy to tender. The best cultivation advice is to decide which species you are growing to determine whether it suits your harden and even if it will grow there. There is no point, for example,in growing a frost tender Hibiscus in an

Dealing with the Drought

Britain and Ireland are having the hottest and driest summer since 1976, and surprisingly, normally wet areas are having problems.Even Ireland, a wet place that takes Atlantic rains by the bucketful, has imposed a hosepipe ban; and Cumbria, the area where the Lake District is situated, is low on water, despite winters replete with rain. Even the No

Gardeners and the Beast from the East

28 Feb 2018 Europe is taking a serious weather battering from a very unpleasant and unusual weather pattern flowing in from Siberia. High pressure air is sweeping down and bringing snow with it, some of it serious. Part of Scotland have received a red alert, meaning danger to life, and some other areas of Britain are on amber alert. In my low lying

Plant Genera: Camelia

This is a genus of evergreen shrubs and trees, one of whose members is Camellia sinensis, whose leaves provide us with tea. Camelia grows well in containers or against walls and is hardy to 7-10 degrees Celsius. It is for this frost tenderness that in Britain tea is grown by a Cornish estuary on the South Coast, where the combination of southern la

Coping With the Heatwave

Britain has been stuck in a persistent hot weather system, as high pressure has settled over the island.While some enjoy it, gardeners are concerned, as water shortages loom and a hosepipe ban is impending.The worst situation has been moorland fires, in which not only grass, but peat soil has been set alight, and they have taken weeks to quench, an

The Poynton Show

This year was the first time in which I participated in the Poynton Show, which is a horticultural and agricultural festival in Cheshire East. The show lasts one day, is fully tented,except for the animals, and was a delightful experience. I attended with the National Vegetable Society Manchester and Cheshire District Association. I arrived early,

Storm Hector

I had not expected a storm in June, but we got one; and I suffered damage. I had been proposing to enter my onion raised beds into the allotment competition, but to no avail. When I reached the plot after the gales the onions were lurching to the east. Moreover, so were some of the potatoes. All the damage was in the raised beds. A potted blueberry

Flower Types: Phlox

Phlox is a genus of annuals and perennials with star shaped flowers that flowers in late Spring and Summer. It comes in a variety of colours, some being variegated, and there is a tendency for the flowers to be paler in the centre than the rest of the flower is. It can be mound forming. It does best in full sunlight or semi-shade and likes a fertil

List of Vegetable Families

Why does knowing plant families matter? Well, it is quite simple. It is important for plant health. Members of a family share similar genetics and so they are vulnerable to the same diseases. For example, if your potatoes get blight, your tomatoes and aubergines, which belong to the same family as potatoes, will be vulnerable too. So you know that

After the Bad Weather

Well, the Beast from the East has been and gone, and I can feel Spring in the air. Andrew and I went to the allotment with some trepidation, fearing wind damage. We were relieved, as the winds, though persistent, had not been not too strong, and so the previous week's repairs to the greenhouses had survived. But one of my two plastic storage boxes