A guide to watering your garden efficiently

As we here in the UK suffer (or enjoy, depending on your outlook) a prolonged period of drought and unusually high temperatures, the gardeners amongst us have been praying for rain to keep our plants alive.  Our climate definitely seems to be changing, becoming more extreme with periods of both very wet and very dry […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in December

Life’s getting a bit easier now that winter is here.  Not too much hard graft to do and it’s more about clearing up and planning for next year. Kitchen Garden Prune ornamental and edible grape vines, and prune soft and tree fruits including currants, gooseberries, apples and pears (don’t be tempted to prune plum or […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in November

With winter approaching, there isn’t a great deal to do in the kitchen garden at this time of year, but here are a few ideas to keep you busy. Start winter pruning apple and pear trees, and fix grease bands to fruit trees to protect them against winter moth.  If you are planting new trees […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in October

If you are growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting, here’s my quick round up of what you can be doing this month. In the kitchen garden: Protect late crops such as carrots, pak choi and peas with horticultural fleece to extend their growing season and give you more produce. Leave squash and pumpkins on the […]

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Choosing spring bulbs for your cutting garden

If you’re a keen gardener you’ll no doubt appreciate that there’s rarely a time when you can kick back and forget about your garden.  Even as summer draws to a close and it feels like there’s a chance to relax, it’s already time to be preparing next year’s garden.  Spring bulbs need to be planted […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in September

My seasonal tips if you’re growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting CUTTING GARDEN Keep deadheading annuals and late-flowering Dahlias & Salvias to prolong flowering (and don’t forget to support them as the plants get bigger and top-heavy). Direct sow hardy annuals (such as Nigella, cornflowers and Calendula officinalis) in to the ground now […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in August

Get the most from your kitchen garden and cutting garden this month by keeping on top of your seasonal jobs CUTTING GARDEN Keep up with cutting, feeding and/or deadheading on a regular basis.  Dahlias don’t open in the vase so only cut them when the flowers are open. Collect seeds as they start to ripen, […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in July

Lots to do in July if you’re growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting! CUTTING GARDEN Keep cutting Sweet peas and Cosmos regularly to encourage more flowers. KITCHEN GARDEN Cut and dry (or freeze) herbs. Cut Lavender for drying and take cuttings of woody herbs such as Lavender, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Keep sowing salad vegetables […]

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Fabulous plants for June

It’s so hard to pick a short list of great plants to talk about in early summer, as everywhere you look there’s something worth mentioning, but here are just a handful of my favourites for now. Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Tanna’ With neat, ground-hugging clumps of attractive foliage, this burnet is smaller than many other varieties of […]

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