Slug-proof plants and winter jasmine: Grow-How tips for late February

The named storms have been coursing through the UK, but spring is on its way regardless and there are jobs to do, like pruning winter-flowering jasmine, choosing some slug-proof plants, and dividing snowdrops…… Jazzing up Jasmine It’s usually a cinch to grow Jasminum nudiflorum, and it’s a bright and pretty thing to see when covered in its starry yellow flowers in spells through the winter. But it can become horribly straggly if it’s left to its own devices with masses of twiggy bare stems and dead branches. The thing to remember is that it flowers on the previous year’s...

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10 tasks to prepare for winter

So the weather has shot a couple of opening salvos in the form of named storms, the Sun is predicting the coldest winter for 30 years (Elaine won’t have seen this headline, she pretends to only look at the Times newsfeed ….) and there’s a restless feeling afoot that one should be doing something to prepare …probably a hangover from our Neolithic forebears who would be gorging on hairy mammoth to lay down a layer of winter fat and lining their caves with dead leaves and bracken. Here are a few jobs that will satisfy that primeval urge.  1. Bring...

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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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Getting to grips with your clematis – Grow-How Tips for February

Mid-February and I just know that you are desperately in need of some tips on what to do in the garden at this murky time of year.  It won’t be long before you’re overwhelmed with spring tasks, so tick off a few now and feel that you’re ahead of the game! COPING WITH CLEMATIS Clematis-pruning is one of those subjects that can send shivers down the spine of many a keen gardener – What time of year to do it? How much to cut off? And most of all, what happens if I do it wrong, or not at all? So...

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