Garden Winter Tips

In Due Season – December

Most of the work suggested for November can continue through December as long as the weather does not deteriorate. Seed catalogues will usually arrive this month, so you can sort out next year’s orders.
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Cover any plants arriving in bad weather with sacking in a shed or garage till conditions improve.
Do not forget to knock the snow off evergreens and make a hole in the ice on …Read More

The ‘Green’ Gardener

It cannot have escaped your notice that ‘environmentally friendly’ is the phrase of the moment. Green is the ‘in’ colour, whether it be in relationship to cleaning products, constructional materials or horticulture.
Nowhere has this desire for a greener, more pleasant land had more effect than on the world of gardening. Most people are more aware of potential damage to the environment and are anxious for remedies causing as little harm …Read More


In Due Season – November

This is the month of clearing and planting. In all parts of the garden, move spent plantings and crops and compost or burn. Cut-down dead perennials and shred the prunings. Sweep up and collect leaves.
Many gardeners prefer to do the bulk of their rose pruning this month and in all but the very coldest parts of the country, if you want to leave the garden as tidy as possible for …Read More

How to plant up tubs, troughs and other containers (including solid hanging baskets and pots)

If you are only using your container for a temporary display — for example, summer bedding and winter/spring bedding (not hanging pots for the latter), a good soil-less compost will be quite adequate. In a reasonably large tub, or whatever, you can usually get two consecutive plantings from one fill-up of compost — say, a spring bedding scheme of wallflowers and bulbs followed by a summer one of geraniums, French …Read More


The Invisible Garden

Unless you are an obsessive plantsman, or want to spend every waking minute in an intimate relationship with the soil — and if you are, you would not have needed this blog in the first place — there is no need to feel deprived if you have, or intend to have, a home with no garden in the accepted sense.
As living space in the twentieth century has become increasingly at …Read More


In Due Season – October

The ornamental garden. This is mainly a month to continue those jobs started last month – dividing and replanting herbaceous perennials, taking up old bedding plants and replacing with biennials and spring bedding plants, and removing tender perennials to the protection of the greenhouse.
Lift dahlias and gladioli corms – hang upside down to dry before cleaning them, dip in fungicide: dry off thoroughly and store in a cool, dry place.
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Plants to grow

You can grow just about everything in a greenhouse, providing you can give the conditions that suit the plants. The cold (unheated) greenhouse. This has no heat as a matter of course, though some temporary heating may have to be provided in exceptionally cold weather. The simplest uses to which it can be put are those of a cold frame, but there is a lot more besides that you can do. …Read More

Siting the greenhouse

Siting the greenhouse

Greenhouses are usually supplied with a plinth of the same material they are constructed with and this can be placed straight on to the earth or concrete where the house is to be erected, or, preferably, put on to a foundation and dwarf wall of bricks or concrete.
It is really a matter of personal preference whether you decide to concrete or pave the whole floor or leave borders down one …Read More


In due season – September

The arrival of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness means that if you’ve been taking a bit of time off to enjoy yourself, you really ought to be easing yourself back into something of a gardening routine.

The ornamental garden. Continue to plant bulbs, biennial bedding plants and start planting lilies, peonies and red hot pokers. Many other herbaceous subjects can be planted this month, and early-flowering ones divided and …Read More

Bee hard at work

Butterfly and Bee Plants

Have you taken part in this year’s National Garden Butterfly Census? A great activity to get children involved with. The survey is aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment, it is really important to take some time out to think what plants you want to have in the garden next year, which will attract these insects!
We have chosen 5 top butterfly and top 5 bee plants especially …Read More