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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And the gardening year gets underway! Grow-how tips

Here we are, right at the start of a super new gardening year! So let’s get some early seed-sowing done, as well as some tree-pruning and a bit of veg planning, to satisfy our urge to be ‘up and doing’ after the excesses of Christmas: CHILLIES IN THE CHILLY SEASON You have to give chillies a good long run at it, if you want fabulous fruit at the end of the summer. They are frustratingly slow initially to germinate and then to start motoring, so get some going now with the aim of having some plumptious leafy well-rooted plants by midsummer,...

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Grow-How Tips for March

So, we have struggled through The Beast II: ‘Fright From the Right’ and are now hopefully on the sunny uplands of early spring when we can realistically be getting some proper work and planning done in the garden.  It’s Elaine here with a few ideas for you: BEING BOLD WITH BUDDLEIA  One of the loveliest things to grow in the garden if you want butterflies is buddleia. On a warm July day, this shrub can be simply shimmering with them as they drink the nectar from the blossom, but to get the best and biggest flowers, it is imperative...

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