May mayhem! Grow-how tips for late spring

A great many aspects of our normal lives have stalled during these strange and difficult Covid times, but the garden certainly hasn’t! Lots of glorious spring sunshine and now some much-needed rain have brought the plants on with wild abandon and there is much to be done. Let’s get going with trimming some some perennials, making softwood cuttings and thinning veg seedlings amongst other things………….. I want flowers ALL summer! If you’ve got lots of perennial plants in your flower garden – and regular readers of this column will know that I LOVE perennials! – then they will be...

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Enough is enough, time to cut back – Grow-how tips

August, and the hot colours of late summer are starting to glow in the garden. Holidays are in full swing, but there are still a few garden tasks to be getting on with, such as tending to tomatoes and vines, taking some conifer cuttings and picking pears….. TOMATO TIPS Tomatoes that have been looked after with some degree of care will go on and on creating new trusses of fruit. But much as you might like the idea of picking tomatoes till Christmas, the fact is that a lot of that later fruit at the top won’t ripen properly...

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