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Hip hip hooray.....let's dance, let's sing, let's wave our hoes and frolic in the garden. Yes you know what's happened, the wet stuff called rain has arrived. Autumn has landed, leaves are falling, the nights are darker, the fires will be lit and the glass of red wine tastes that much better. What a relief, has anyone experienced quite so long without rain, or significant rain? I know we always harp on about the weather but the landscapes and fields this year looked so dry and parched that even established trees started wilting. We will have to be more careful in our garden planning in the future, I believe summer now in parts of Portugal and Spain can last for 6 months. Great for the sunbathers, but rather stressful for us green fingered brigade as we worry about how to manage and protect our gardens from the searing temperatures and little or no rainfall. With many trees further north being deforested for industry and development, we are in danger of removing our carbon dioxide consumers, and smaller shrubs and beneficial weeds that rely on canopy and shade will become extinct as the relentless heat will frazzle all at ground level. Added to the yearly problem of fires within our region, we are losing far too many trees at an alarming rate. Previously lush, thick forested mountains and valleys are now void of growth and empty of fauna. Nature does regenerate but at a slow pace, so perhaps this winter we should all be adventurous and go plant a sneaky tree in the wild. Not sure if there is an actual crime for guerilla gardening here, but if I get arrested I will let you know! And so, we move into another November edition, our third to date. With still plenty of new and refreshing advice and ideas, we thank once again our experienced team of writers with their horticultural knowledge and perspective. So this year we are going to give all our hard working writers the month of December off. We will combine our Christmas and New Year editions into one and increase the pages to over 64. This will allow all the team and our feature writers to enjoy their turkey and mince pies in peace and have a well deserved break. So watch out for a special Dec/Jan copy with a special gift to all our subscribers. Happy cooler gardening Justin
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