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 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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Jobs for the productive garden in June

Here are some seasonal jobs for you to carry out this month if you’re growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting CUTTING GARDEN Cut sweet peas regularly to encourage more flowers.  Water well in dry spells. Plant out any hardened off annuals you’ve sown in pots – for example Calendula (Marigold), sunflowers and Nasturtium. Plan […]

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Jobs for the productive garden in May

If you’re growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting, here’s a quick round-up of what you should be doing this month (subject to your local weather conditions of course!). CUTTING GARDEN If you are growing flowers to cut for the house and want something for later in the year, now is the time to […]

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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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