Preparing for the Chilly Season – Grow-How Tips for Early October

A real change in the air now as the garden takes on its autumn colours. There’s plenty to do as you pack away the outdoor furniture and make sure that your plants are ready to face the winter. Here are some ideas for tasks such as sowing Hardy Annuals and broad beans, laying a soil mulch, and taking hardwood cuttings – all the sorts of jobs that are usually done in the company of an inquisitive robin round here at this time of year…….. HARDY ANNUAL SEED-SOWING Plants from annual seeds can complete their life-cycle in one summer and...

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Create something new? Grow-How Tips for September

It’s a little sad when you can’t help but notice there isn’t enough evening light to finish the list of gardening tasks you’d planned,isn’t it! But here are a few to get started on anyhow, like constructing new planting areas, cutting out dead wood in shrubs and trees, and making plans for next year……. MAKING A NEW BED September can be a fabulous time to create a new planting area in your garden.  In our region, we have had another dry summer leaving the clay soil dense and hard, but now we’ve had a few wetter autumn days, we...

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It’s time for a mini makeover – Grow How tips for early September

September has such a wonderful mellow quality about it – all the summer fandango is fading but the weather is often still very pleasant for gardening, so here are some tasks to have a go at, including cutting back spent plants, giving the hedges a final trim, and taking some herb cuttings: CUTTING BACK If you want a good show of general loveliness in September, you need to think about what to cut back. There will probably be a lot of plants in your garden that have done their thing beautifully through the summer but are now ‘past it’...

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Thinking ahead – Grow How Tips for Late August

Once we’re into late August, it’s hard for a gardener not to start thinking about next summer! So some of my tips this week have something of a forward-planning theme – planting bulbs, trimming lavender, improving the compost-heap….. BULBS FOR THE FUTURE If you’ve been wowed by a stand of lilies this summer either your own or someone else’s, then start to investigate buying and planting more, anytime from now until the end of September.  Planting such bulbs as Lilium regale now rather than in spring, gives them a chance to really establish before the winter sets in. These were...

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