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Open doors and vent on greenhouses on warm, sunny days. Damp down the floor of the greenhouse regularly on hot days, to increase humidity levels. This benefits plant gro...

Soft tip cuttings can be taken from fuchsias this month. If you do have any seedlings and/or cuttings in the greenhouse, make sure they are getting the maximum light ava...

Aug 2016 Patio Weeds

 If you have weeds growing in the cracks of your patio, decking or driveway. Kill them by spraying them with a solution of 1/2 cup of salt added to 1 gallon of water.   T...

GRANDAD TAKES NAN OUT FOR THE DAY Grandad took Nan out for a day trip up to London, just to see the sights and have a nice meal before they returned home again. Whilst...

Birds love fat cakes and at this time of year they are just what they need to give them energy and keep warm. But the feeding balls needn't be shop bought; you can use a...

Slow down and give you and your plants a rest from the heat Give plants a mid-season feeding or side dressing, to get them through to the fall Keep tabs on rainfall and...

Once spring bulbs are over, rather than cutting down the foliage, leave to die and break down naturally. Doing this and adding liquid fertiliser around the clumps will en...

The bulbs are already starting to come up, spearing the ground with signs of the next season. These are my reminder that the beds need clearing but where new life is comi...

November is a time to seize the moment. If it’s sunny get out in the garden and get as much as possible done, the weather can turn very quickly! Don’t lose tender plants...

It's nice to put out bird feeders with seed and suet to attract birds to your yard and garden. But birds still like to forage and find their own food and it's especially ...

It is high summer (so we hope) and the garden is now full of colour. Summer bedding is often at its best at this time, July can often be hot, and watering and deadheading...

Britain is a nation of gardeners. And when 60 per cent of burglaries happen through the rear or side windows and doors, making your garden secure will help keep thieves o...

This month, the days get longer, the sun gets stronger, and the first signs of spring arrive. But beware! Don't let your enthusiasm run away on mild days. Frosts will sti...

Clematis Montana is the fastest growing of all the clematis and also one of the easiest to grow.  In perfect conditions it can grow to a height of 12m (40ft).   If it is ...

Start by making the bin.  You will need 16 or more slats (200mm x 20m is ideal), four stakes and four batons.  Ideally this would be second hand treated timber that your ...

Forget about joining an expensive gym to shed any excess pounds - a few hours a week of energetic tidying in your garden at this time of the year can keep you fit and hea...

* Use your garden debris and leaves to start a compost pile. * Plant trees and shrubs. Be sure to keep them well-watered, even through the winter. * Make sure housepl...

You don't need a lot of space to make a water feature in your garden. Fill your chosen container with rainwater. If you must use tap water, leave this to stand for a coup...

● Keep patio containers well watered and feed with a liquid fertiliser every fortnight. ● Cyclamen are starting to set seed now, so increase your stoc...

Patio plants in pots are the main thing that have to be water and one of the best ways is to always use a fine gravel, a pea gravel or slate chippings to cover the top of...

Pests are common at this time of year. Check for aphids and also leaf miners, which leave a silvery trail. Control infestation otherwise the insects will fall to the grou...

Here we are in the Merry Month of May. Fresh new leaves are, as yet, unchewed by caterpillars and the double white lilac, is heavy with fragrant blooms. Time to start...

This month, the days get longer, the sun gets stronger, and the first signs of spring arrive. But beware! Don't let your enthusiasm run away on mild days. Frosts will sti...

Your garden will be starting to take shape once the rains and warmer spring weather arrives, however this will also bring with it an invasion of slugs and snails. Here we...

Keep your pond healthy - Rake out any dead leaves that have fallen into ponds and water features that weren’t netted in autumn. Leaves sink to the bottom and rot, cloggin...

The flower called Snowdrop appears in February and is a symbol of hope. According to legend, the Snowdrop became the symbol of hope when Adam & Eve were expelled from the...

I'm being hopeful that we don't have any more snow, But perhaps you can go and buy some seed, because this month you can sow broad beans, parsnips and radish and plant o...

* Winter rains can wash many nutrients from the soil. Keep it covered with leaf mould or fresh autumn leaves. * Weeding done now will save time in the spring. Perennia...

* Essential tasks for November Making your garden look it's best is one of the essential jobs for November. ...

Add some chopped up bacon rind, leftover chicken bits from Sunday dinner, a few peanuts, a few raisins and frozen peas, some shelled sunflower seeds if you have any, some...

Pick the last of the remaining runner beans. Any really late and stringy ones are better composted than eaten. Dig up outdoor tomato plants and hang them upside-down in t...

* Are your tomatoes still green? Hang them upside down in a greenhouse or indoors where they will continue to ripen. * Or pick unripe tomatoes and place them in sealed b...

At last we have found a Solution to Blanket Weed that really does work. As some of you know, we have tried many different methods of getting rid of the blessed stuff, not...

- Prune flowers Pinch out the growing tips of basket and container plants to encourage them to produce bushy even growth and lots of flowers. Encourage chrysanthemum sho...

June is a great time to be outside: the weather hopefully is now warm. Annuals and perennials are blooming, and if you’re lucky enough to have planted an early edible gar...

If you haven't room for a large pond, this is the ideal way to introduce water into the garden. It's easy to plant and easy to look after. It will look good on the patio....

Many gardeners regard May as one of the best months in the garden, with the freshness of spring and the promise of summer. It’s also the month of the most famous flower s...

Over half the population of the UK is overweight and a staggering one in five of us is classed as obese... the figures for children are even more alarming. Their obesity ...

Get Plants for Free take cuttings from tender plants You can take cuttings of new shoots of tender plants such as Busy Lizzie, Coleus, Fuchsia, Pelargonium, Trailing Petu...

Grandad met up with Tommy, an old friend of his. It had been nearly 20 years since they had last seen each other. “How are you Tommy” asked Grandad. “I feel just like a n...

• Complete rose pruning. • Preventative spraying against fungal and insect pests. • Divide and replant overcrowded perennials. • Plant gladiolus corms. • Plant out sw...

• Fuchsias, dormant now in a cool greenhouse must never be allowed to dry out completely or they will die, don’t water frequently because they have no leaves and are not ...

We are now into the New Year and looking forward to a new growing season, some gardeners will have started by sowing their onions traditionally on Christmas day, its not ...

Plant new potatoes. If you want new potatoes for Christmas and the New Year then now is the time to plant some tubers. Select healthy tubers of an early cultivars. Any th...

Holiday watering There are several things you can do to help prevent plants drying out. Move any baskets and containers out of full sun to a position where they are shad...

There are Two forms of compost: garden compost and potting compost, which you can buy in bags. Garden compost is simply decayed organic matter and it’s useful stuff You c...

Prune flowers Pinch out the growing tips of basket and container plants to encourage them to produce bushy even growth and lots of flowers. Encourage chrysanthemum shoot...

Give lawns a rake over Months of wet weather will have caused moss to become a problem in many lawns. Thick moss quickly smothers out grass, so action is needed this s...

Taking Cuttings This is the ideal month in which to take cuttings of your plants. Start with some easy subjects such as Fuchsia, Pelargoniums, Weigelia, Hydrangea, Cea...

Grow Bags are a perfect way to grow tomatoes, Aubergines, Chillies and Cucumbers on sunny patios balconies, as well as in a greenhouse. This is what to do: • Loosen t...

Plant summer hanging baskets under glass, incorporating water-retaining gel into the compost to make watering easier. Leave enough space in the basket to water generously...

Having trouble fitting everything in your bin? How about starting a compost heap? Grass cuttings, vegetable peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, garden waste, ...

Summer's on the way out and the first chills of winter grace the autumn air. It's September and the Kids are back to school and though being out in the garden may be the ...

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