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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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July 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for July 2021. When roses have come to the end of their first glorious flush of blooms, try to give them a feed of a complete fertilizer as this will help with the second lot of blooms. Don’t forget to dead head them as well. Outdoor chrysanthemums will also need a feed, one with a high potash content Continue Reading →

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June 2021 Garden Tips

Garden notes for June 2021 The pace of gardening really hots up in June, but it is still necessary to keep an eye on what the weather holds in store for us. Frost susceptible, fast growing plants like dahlias, courgettes and so on should be put into their final homes assuming that there is no ground frost forecast. If it Continue Reading →

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May 2021 Garden Tips

Garden notes for May 2021 There is so much preparation to be done in May that it is easy to get carried away and be tempted to plant out too early. Garden Centres love this, as you will almost always have to go back and buy replacements for the plants that have died from the unpredictable ground and air frosts Continue Reading →

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April 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for April 2021. I know that all the gardener advice is to cover over a patch of ground to warm up the soil and I should have done it a lot more than I have in the past. This season I did remember and have used a cheap polythene cloche that extends for about 10 metres. You can Continue Reading →

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March 2021 Garden Tips

Garden notes for March 2021 After all the rain we have been having this winter and the consequences of the lockdown due to the pandemic I am hoping that we will all be able to get outside and start to garden in March. The miracle of all the early plants coming up, the crocuses, the daffodils, and primulas will all Continue Reading →

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February 2021 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for February 2021 In the middle of January as I write these notes, spring and plant growth seems a long way off. When we had the first lockdown last year the weather was remarkably good. This winter is not the same and does not encourage much gardening activity with frequent showers and cold nights, but this will change Continue Reading →

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