Grow-how tips for mid May

After some really lovely weather through April and early May, much of the garden is shooting up all over the place, and the jobs are piling up! Let’s get on with a bit of border-titivating for the main event, harvesting rhubarb, and choosing some plants for our insect-friends…………… Before we get stuck in, welcome to our new readers! We’re very pleased you’re joining us on our main blog and hope you enjoy it. Every second week, I share some topical gardening tips (and you’ll find the DigYourOwnaForCorona veg-growing section at the end), and on the week in-between, you’ll get the...

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Rhubarb

Taking risks, rhubarb recipes and yellow rattle

‘Plant out when all danger of frost has passed’ Aaaarghh….so when exactly is that? It’s the ultimate ‘read the small print’ cop out isn’t it? You need to have a few years of veg growing under your belt before you know to resist the siren call of a few warm days lulling you into in a false sense that summer is arriving early. And some early veg will take a light frost without any lasting damage; lettuce, radish, carrots, young sprout and cabbage plants will all pull through. But courgettes, squashes and runner beans are all ‘warm season’ plants...

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Grow-How Tips for Mid-May

Here we are, full-on Chelsea season and a heap of gardening jobs clamouring for your attention!  Let’s have a go at bedding plant cuttings, successional sowing and putting up greenhouse shading, amongst other things: EXTENDING THE BEDDING  I expect you’ve bought your summer bedding – fuschias, pelargoniums, dahlias, chrysanths, Surfinia petunias, osteospermums, busy Lizzies, verbenas, argyranthemums, penstemons, salvias, plectranthus……..and are poised, ready to plant these into your pots and borders. But did you know that you can take shoots from them right now, to grow into lots more plants that will flower towards the end of the summer?  In a nutshell,...

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Grow-How Tips for Early November

November brings a real winter chill, and you may catch the scent of bonfires in the air as mistletoe and holly berries ripen in the trees. Here are some gardening tasks to keep you warm before you dive indoors for a heartening bowl of soup……….. TOO TOO TULIPS! November is the best time to plant tulip bulbs. The soil is now much cooler than in the early autumn and this lowering of the temperature reduces the risk of your bulbs developing the fungal disease called Tulip Fire. I have found that only species tulips like T.sylvestris, sprengeri or acuminata...

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