Jobs for the garden in December

As the year draws to a close you can afford to take a bit of time off from labouring in the garden, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!  Here are a few of the more important tasks you should be carrying out this month: Finish clearing leaves and debris, particularly from borders and […]

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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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Fabulous plants for February

Colour and flowers are at a premium at this time of year, but there are many plants offering just that in February.  Here are a few of my favourites: Acer griseum AGM Commonly known as the ‘Paperbark Maple’ (for obvious reasons!) Acer griseum is a slow-growing small, spreading tree with very attractive chestnut-brown peeling bark. […]

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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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