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August 2020 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for August 2020. Shrubs like deutzia, philadelphus and weigela – or any that have been flowering through June, July and early August, should be pruned now, or as soon as they have finished flowering. Shorten any exceptionally long shoots above the bud, then remove about one-third of the oldest stems. Now is the time to prune Rambler roses, Continue Reading →

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July 2020 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for July 2020. It will soon be mid-summer and many of the earlier flowering perennials start to look rather forlorn. It may be worth your while to be ruthless and cut back foliage that is straggling. In particular, hardy geraniums, delphiniums alchemia mollis (Lady’s Mantle) should all benefit from this treatment. July is a good time to be Continue Reading →

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June 2020 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for June 2020. The weather is always a good topic for gardeners, so much depends on it. Writing in the middle of May we are going through a sunny and dry spell. Early on in the month we did have some frost that caught me out and the tops of my spuds suffered. Evening temperatures should be high Continue Reading →

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May 2020 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for May 2020. Everything is ‘unprecedented nowadays following the lockdown, so we can’t just turn up at a garden centre. There are some locally that have websites and will take orders, Newbridge, Hilliers and Knights at Betchworth spring to mind. You may have to collect yourself or pay for a delivery charge. Putting plants outside a bit later Continue Reading →

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April 2020 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for April 2020. Clematis are popular.  They are members of the Ranunculae, which are named after ‘Rana’ (the frog) and demand a cool moist root run.  When planting remember that they need shade at the base so it is a good idea to put a piece of stone or paving over the top after you have planted them Continue Reading →

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March 2020 Garden Tips

Garden notes for March 2020 I expect like me you have often used the word ‘cloche’ to refer to a covering that you put over plants to protect them from the worst of the weather. The word is derived from the French word that normally translates into ‘bell’ in English. Victorian gardeners used bell-jar cloches and were originally made from Continue Reading →

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February 2020 Garden Tips

Soil is the foundation for all plants in the garden and spending time in its preparation will bring considerable rewards. Ground that is going to be used for root crops like carrots, turnips, potato and radish should have a pH of about 7 (neutral). General fertiliser such as Growmore, or an organic alternative, should be raked in a few weeks Continue Reading →

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January 2020 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for January 2020. Here we go for another New Year with all its hope and possibilities to have a good growing season. It is also a Leap Year with that all important extra day at the end of February that seems to make such a difference. This is the time of year when houseplants are most appreciated. Azaleas, Continue Reading →

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December Garden Tips

Garden Notes for December 2019. There have been quite a few berries on the holly and lots of food because of the open autumn we have had this year, despite the recent rain. Some people say that it is a sign of severe winter to come, and the odds must be shortening since we have not had a really bad Continue Reading →

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November Garden Tips

Garden Notes for November 2019. 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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