Jobs for the productive garden in April

In the kitchen garden it will really be a question of keeping an eye on the weather this month, and judging when the time is right to sow seeds and plant out more tender things. Sow tender vegetables such as courgettes and French beans into small pots and then plant out when the weather improves […]

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Jobs for the Productive garden in March

As the weather improves, it’s time to start sowing seed and really getting hands on in the productive garden. Prepare seed beds, covering the ground with clear polythene or fleece to warm the soil.  If you have a light soil you’ll be able to make a start on sowing vegetables soon (when the soil temperature […]

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Jobs for the garden in March

With signs of spring all around this is a great time to get ahead before your plants put on so much growth that it becomes difficult to get into the borders. As the temperatures start to rise the weeds will start to grow so try to keep on top of them from the start of […]

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Jobs for the Productive garden in February

This month it’s all about getting ready for the year ahead, pruning fruit plants and starting to sow seeds. Exciting stuff! KITCHEN GARDEN Complete any pruning of apple and pear trees and check ties to make sure they are secure and haven’t become loose in the recent winds. Prune bush fruits (currants & gooseberries) to […]

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Jobs for the garden in February

What to do in February will very much depend on weather conditions where you live, but here are a number of jobs which you can be thinking about carrying out this month. This is a great time to carry out all those general maintenance jobs that need doing – like cleaning paving and getting rid […]

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Fabulous plants for January

At this time of year evergreen shrubs and trees with beautiful bark are a real bonus. Here are a few my personal, tried and tested recommendations. Astelia chathamica AGM Most plants with silver foliage require sunny dry conditions to thrive (think Lavender, Perovskia, Artemesia, Convolvulus cneorum …) but Astelia chathamica by contrast is happier growing […]

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Jobs for the garden in January

A lot of what you do this month will depend on the weather, and much of that work will be about clearing up and preparing for the year ahead. If snow is forecast, and it’s possible to do this, tie in any splayed out branches of upright conifers and yew.  If you can’t manage to […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in January

Thankfully there’s not a massive amount to do at this time of year (especially when the ground is waterlogged or frozen) so it’s a good time to plan ahead for the coming year, and enjoy a rest! Winter is the ideal time to prune currant bushes to promote new stems and a good open shape. […]

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Jobs for the garden in April

It’s starting to get busy now as plants really begin to take off.  It’s such a lovely time of year to be outside enjoying the garden – even if it can feel a bit overwhelming at times! Keep on top of hoeing and weeding, and apply mulch to weed-free moist ground if you haven’t already. […]

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