Perking up plants in pots and other jobs: Grow-How tips for very early spring

I hope the weather has been kind enough to let you get into the garden a bit this February!  How about looking after your potted shrubs while you’re out there? Or the aconites? Or maybe sow some more seeds inside? Here are some thoughts about tasks to have a go at, at what’s normally a chilly time of year: TOP-DRESSING SHRUBS IN POTS If you have shrubs growing in pots, as I have, this is a good time to give them some TLC.  Using containers is such a good way of achieving flexibility with your plant-positioning as well as growing things...

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The 12 gardening tips of Christmas

Okay, so if you’re wondering what to do in the garden at Christmas, here are our 12 tips to make the festive season special and absolutely none of them involve queueing, alcohol or recipes for vegan sausage meat. 1. Bring your garden birds close up. Hang your bird feeders right up against your kitchen window; your reward will be thrilling close up views of all sorts of tits and finches and maybe even a nuthatch or, on red letter days, a spotted woodpecker. To make them safe from the swooping sparrowhawks place a protective shield of bamboo canes around the...

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