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May 2022 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for May 2022. The way prices are rising everywhere makes it even more important to grow your own where you can. This year the Capel Horticultural Society will be having its Plant Sale on Saturday 7th May and most of the plants, especially vegetable seedlings, will have been grown by members. This means that they will be used Continue Reading →

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April 2022 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for April 2022. I am always a bit dubious about advertising claims but recent experience with Aspen petrol in different petrol driven mowers makes me change my mind.  The company claims that their product is much better for mowers because it has no inclusions and makes it easier to start the machine.  This has happened to me with Continue Reading →

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March 2022 Garden Tips

Garden notes for March 2022 It is a good time in March to increase your stock of perennials like delphiniums, pulmonarias, dahlias and chrysanthemums. The way to do it is to look for shoots of about 5cm long, take them as cuttings using a sharp knife to remove the shoot at root level. Pot them up individually in small pots Continue Reading →

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February 2022 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for February 2022. Talking to a local gardener recently I was advised on the benefits of warming the soil early in the season using horticultural fleece as a protective and warming barrier. In this way any seedbeds that have been protected under cloches or garden fleece can be started to be sown with hardy vegetables such as parsnips. Continue Reading →

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January 2022 Garden Tips

Garden notes for January 2022 After the haze of all the Christmas and New Year jollifications, the good gardener starts to look ahead. Even though the garden is asleep, it is surprising just how soon it starts to burst with life. So, think about what was successful last year and what might be a good idea to experiment with this Continue Reading →

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December 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for December 2021 What a wonderful autumn display of colours by the trees in November! Better than any firework display, in my view. Of course it is all down to the weather we have had previously. Now the plants have their winter ‘sleep’, and it is probably best to let them lie in peace. However there are a Continue Reading →

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November 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for November 2021 Prepare for the spring by digging and manuring the vegetable patch in November. Remember to keep a 3-year rotation so that potatoes (for example) are not planted in the same area two years running. Remember to get your tulips planted before the end of the month. Try layer planting of tulips in containers. Do this Continue Reading →

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October 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for October 2021 “Everyone should take time to sit and watch the leaves turn” (Elizabeth Lawrence). The turning of the leaves does depend, in part, on how cold the evenings become since the tree system does not turn off the supply of nutrients to the leaves until there has been a frost. So that also means that the Continue Reading →

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September 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for September 2021. Watering plants is always a good topic of discussion. It is either too dry or it’s too wet. The essential thing is to try to get the right balance. When it is dry the closable leaf pores on plants (technically called ‘stomata’) shut down and slow down the process of photosynthesis. When there is enough Continue Reading →

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August 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for August 2021. Laurel is a very useful plant but it is very vigorous and August is the month to keep it neat by trimming your laurel hedge. Some gardeners say that the laurel hedge should be trimmed using secaturs only. This does give a much improved finish, if you have the time. Using shears is much quicker Continue Reading →

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