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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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October Garden Tips

Garden Notes for October 2019. Albert Camus the French novelist wrote that “Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower”, so enjoy the autumn splendour all around you. “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 Continue Reading →

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September Garden Tips

Garden Notes for September 2019. 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 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for August 2019. 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 Garden Tips

Garden Notes for July 2019 Some of the earlier crops, like early potatoes, broad beans, and early peas will be finishing soon and it is best to get them cleared away for catch crops such as carrots or globe beetroot. I remember Ray Carter telling me years ago when we were very new to the village that “People are too Continue Reading →

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June Garden Tips

Garden Notes for June 2019. 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 after a dry and relatively cold May. Frost susceptible, fast growing plants like dahlias, courgettes and so on should be put into their final homes assuming that there Continue Reading →

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May Garden Tips

Garden Notes for May 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 that Continue Reading →

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April Garden Tips

Garden Notes for April. April is the time to get seeds going where you can give them a bit of warmth (for the chill evenings) and shelter. Sow tomatoes for outdoor growing; complete your sowings of half-hardy annuals (nicotiniana, mimulus, and antirrhinum for example). Complete sowings of early potatoes. It is also time to sow celery for planting out in Continue Reading →

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