December Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

There is so much to do in December – presents, parties and delving into the tub of chocolates you have been patiently waiting to open! Don’t feel guilty this time, did you know the colourful wrappers of Quality Street sweets are compostable? They are made from cellulose, derived from wood pulp, so rather than chuck…

November Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

November is a perfect time to plant a tree, when dormant the tree will establish more successfully than during summer. Now is a good time to wash, dry and store any used pots, seed trays and containers to remove overwintering pests and diseases that may infect your plants next year. Whilst you have your tidying…

October Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

In late October, cut back asparagus stalks to the ground. Mulch 3 to 4 inches with well rotted manure. Prepare your vegetable beds for spring by removing all debris and digging over the plot, leaving the soil open so the frost can get into the soil. Cover with well rotted manure. Lift and store Begonia,…

September Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

Plant out wallflowers and tulips now for a wonderful combination of spring colour. Divide and replant perennials to ease any congested areas. Continue sowing hardy annuals for early flowering next year – Calendula, Centaurea, Papaver rhoeas, Papaver somniferum, and Scabious can all be direct sown now. Remember to keep them weed free as they germinate.…

August Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

Water in the morning and evening, trying to avoid wasting too much water on leaves. Using a soak hose ensures water is deposited next to the roots. Cut back perennials that have finished flowering to help them recover from the drought. Cut back Lavender leaving at least 2 pairs of leaves below the point you…

July Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

Continue to plant half-hardy annuals such as Cosmos, Nicotianas, Zinnias and Cleomes for autumn colour. Prune English Lavender that has flowered in June. Remove stems leaving 2/3 pairs of leaves below the cut. Early flowering Geraniums like ‘Sabani Blue’ and ‘Johnsons Blue’ can be cut back to the ground and fed with Chicken Pellets to…

June Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

Thin out hardy annuals leaving 30cm between plants to allow them to develop fully. Provide pea sticks as support for Cornflowers and Ammi. Sow Wallflowers and honesty for flowering next spring. Mulch borders with bark to reduce water evaporation. Stake and tie up taller perennials such as Delphiniums and Peonies. Divide Primulas, Primroses and Cowslips.…

May Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

Plant out Dahlia tubers and Gladioli for late summer flowers. Sow hardy annuals like Cornflowers, Nigellas and Marigolds direct into beds. Plant hanging baskets and pots on patios- if you are stuck with choosing the plants, choose an ‘Easy Basket’ or a ‘Garden Cocktail’ with pre-selected combinations. Sow Basil directly into raised beds or the…

April Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

This is one of the busiest months in the garden and it can feel that everything is too much to cope with, but try to enjoy the colour and birdsong while you are working! Plant out Sweet Peas and other young plants for the cutting garden plants that were sown earlier in spring. Prune back…

March Gardening Tips

By Lisa Smith | 21st October 2020

Protect your garden now from early slug damage with Growing Success slug pellets. Sow beetroot, lettuces, spinach, chard and brassicas into plugs or peat pots under protection for planting out later. Start off your cutting garden now buy sowing Sweet Peas, Cosmos, Cornflowers and Tobacco plants into plugs and small pots for planting out after…