Grow-How Tips for Mid-May

Here we are, full-on Chelsea season and a heap of gardening jobs clamouring for your attention!  Let’s have a go at bedding plant cuttings, successional sowing and putting up greenhouse shading, amongst other things: EXTENDING THE BEDDING  I expect you’ve bought your summer bedding – fuschias, pelargoniums, dahlias, chrysanths, Surfinia petunias, osteospermums, busy Lizzies, verbenas, argyranthemums, penstemons, salvias, plectranthus……..and are poised, ready to plant these into your pots and borders. But did you know that you can take shoots from them right now, to grow into lots more plants that will flower towards the end of the summer?  In a nutshell,...

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Grow-How Tips for May

What a wonderful time of year this is! And so much to do!  Let’s get on with repairing arches, tidying the spring clematis and taking some cuttings, amongst other things:  FALLEN ARCHES At the entrances to our cottage garden, we had put three metal arches, and since we had not paid a lot for them, perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised when, under the weight of roses or honeysuckle for the past five years, they started to fall apart.  My husband Nigel, being a very resourceful sort of chap (he very rarely throws any item of hardware away!) had...

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Grow-How Tips for April

Things are becoming exciting in the garden now the days are warming up! I have some tips for you on hardening off plants, pruning evergreens, and making a sweetpea wigwam, among other things….. ARE THEY  ‘ARD ENOUGH?! If, like me, you have been madly germinating all sorts of veg and flower seeds inside on windowsills or greenhouses, then watering them, pricking them out, potting them on, pinching them out etc. etc., you’re probably getting fed up with them as well as running out of space! It is dreadfully tempting to think they are big and strong enough to go out...

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Grow-How Tips for Early April

April garden tasks are almost endless. Sowing seeds, dividing plants, deadheading daffodils and that’s just the start of it!  So let’s get going with sowing tender veg, thinning perennials and tidying up ferns: SENSIBLE SOWING It’s terribly easy to feel you must sow all your annual veg seeds as soon as February morphs into March, and I totally understand the sensation that you have to GET STARTED on everything.  But there is a very good reason for holding back on some of them. A few, like runner and French beans, sweetcorn, courgettes, winter squashes and marrows, go charging off after germination, and...

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