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Monthly Guide

Ideas for November

Ideas for November

A final mow of your lawn before winter might be in order. The recent warmer and wetter weather may have promoted some fresh growth.   If you are preparing pots to use in the home over winter (like Hyacinths or Paperwhites) you may want to […]

Ideas for October

Ideas for October

  Cut and bring in flower and seed heads for drying, to make winter arrangements. It is wonderful to have something from the garden in the house at any time. Poppy heads, thistles, helichrysum and fennel are just a few plants which are good for […]

Ideas for September

Ideas for September

  Watering: This month may be cooler, and have had some downpours, but it is still very dry and the winds will be increasing the drying effect on plants. Keep up regular watering of your pots and garden as you may note that plants which […]

Ideas for August

Ideas for August

Review your borders: Particularly if you have newly-planted beds or borders, now is a good time to spot gaps or poor performers. Most borders will be at their peak in late summer, so reviewing now will give you a chance to think about whether you […]

Ideas for July

Ideas for July

  Drought is setting in so think carefully about your watering. Watering everything in your garden could be expensive and wasteful. Lawns and long-established planting will survive a long time without water. Concentrate on newly planted trees and shrubs and prized specimens. Cut back evergreens […]

Ideas for June

Ideas for June

  Prune shrubs which flower in late spring, such as Ribes and Philadelphus. Pruning after flowering means the plant will have time to develop new flowering stems for next year. See the RHS guidance here. Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes. It may seem like […]

Ideas for May

Ideas for May

  Watch out for Pests and Weeds – Slugs and snails are coming out in force, as are aphids and sawfly larvae. Check your plants regularly and take action when you see pests. A sudden rush of growth in the warm weather has also meant it […]

Ideas for April

Ideas for April

Wet weather work – It’s been a wet month, so line up any inside jobs you have, like greenhouse work, cleaning tools, preparing seeds, trays and pots, and anything you can think of that will save you some time next month.   Sowing – Seeds […]

Ideas for March

Ideas for March

Weather watch – Keep an eye on rising temperatures. After the cold in February everything is a little unpredictable – but you will want to start to think about cutting back more tender herbaceous plants in advance of spring growth and hardening off plants which […]

Ideas for February

Ideas for February

Start sowing: You can start off vegetables and flowers indoors. If you don’t have a greenhouse or a propagator, a warm windowsill will do.   Start weeding: Even at this time of year unwanted plants are sprouting. Common weeds like hairy bittercress and celandine are […]