Gardening Tips

Jul 26
BY Julie Parker
Fuchsia's
The weather for the start of August seems to be following much the same pattern as the last few weeks with the north & west getting more rain than the south & east, with windy conditions & fluctuating temperatures. The garden seems to be enjoying it although containers & hanging baskets still need some watering as the mass of flowers form a canopy that the rain finds hard to... READ MORE
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Jun 28
BY Angela Slater
Herbaceous border in English cottage style garden
Better blooms and more nutritious vegs arise from healthy soil A healthy, fertile soil is capable of growing healthy plants which, in the case of fruit and vegetables, produces a nutritionally rich crop. It contains a balance of minerals, trace elements and nutrients, supports a healthy micro-life; fungi, microbes, earthworms, bacteria and nematodes. READ MORE
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Jun 28
BY Julie Parker
Crocosmia
The forecast for the first half of July is unsettled with wetter weather in the north & west leaving the south drier although more thunderstorms are forecast for the whole country. This weather continues into the second half of July with the possibility of warmer & drier spells in the south which may spread further north as the month progresses. This combination of average summer... READ MORE
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Jun 27
BY Angela Slater
Hydrangea petiolaris at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Clothe that problem shady area in flowers and scent Hydrangea petiolaris at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria READ MORE
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May 24
BY Julie Parker
Dianthus
As we head into June with another Bank Holiday to see May out, the weather looks like it is going to be unsettled with slightly cooler, windier conditions in the North & West with warmer, humid weather in the Southeast. A mix of showers, possibly thundery interspersed with warm, dry weather is forecast for the beginning of the month with more settled weather to follow - fingers crossed!... READ MORE
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Apr 26
May
BY Julie Parker
Euphorbia
After a little warmer weather recently, we seem to have been plunged back into winter again with snow showers & temperatures near freezing. However after a showery start, mainly in the south, the weather is set to improve with above average temperatures forecast for the rest of the month with occasional wetter spells. Keep an eye on temperatures whilst hardening off tender plants & keep... READ MORE
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Mar 30
BY Julie Parker
Tulips
With the weather warming up it is time to get set for the summer before all the Spring growth prevents you accessing your borders. Tidy your beds, split perennials & make space for summer flowers. If you haven’t planted summer flowering bulbs before they are as easy as spring bulbs & can be used to fill gaps – gladioli will give height at the back of a border & come in a fantastic... READ MORE
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Mar 21
BY Angela Slater
David Austin rose' Darcey Bussell'
Even the smallest garden has space for a delicious David Austin rose 'Darcey Bussell' (pictured above) READ MORE
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Feb 28
BY Julie Parker
Daffodil
With a cold start to the month March continues to be unsettled with snow & frosts, especially in the north, interspersed with dry & sunny spells. Make the most of any nice days to tidy up the garden, splitting perennials & pruning shrubs (except early flowering shrubs) that are getting out of hand. Rainy days can be spent sowing ornamental & vegetable seeds, or taking a trip out... READ MORE
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Jan 20
BY Angela Slater
Chelsea Flower Show garden 2016
Problem of what to plant in an area with no light, water or nutrients? Dry, shady areas are really quite problematic as they suffer from lack of light, water and nutrients, all the things that plants need to survive; but there are solutions to most of these areas. Some plants, such as camellias need the shade to prevent the sun from burning those delicate petals, particularly if they have been... READ MORE
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