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This event began 12/01/2021 and repeats every year forever


As we approach the shortest day of the year in December you will need work to keep you warm outside, such as digging and tree pruning. Check your winter protection and if you have a greenhouse make sure the heater is working. Hopefully there are not too many jobs left to do this year so you will have time for some fireside garden planning.

This month's main gardening jobs are:
Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
Check that greenhouse heaters are working
Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing.
 
Here are some more jobs and reminders for December as circulated by the RHS...
Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
Check that greenhouse heaters are working
Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing
Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)
Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops
Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
Take hardwood cuttings
Keep mice away from stored produce
Reduce watering of houseplants
 
Please visit the RHS website for more detailed guidance on each of this month's jobs above, plus much more.
Also highly recommended is the excellent Gardening Know How (December) section at Sutton's Seeds website, for more great gardening tips and advice!
Cover Photo from Pixabay

    

This event began 01/01/2021 and repeats every year forever


January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air, on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden.
This month's main gardening jobs as suggested by the RHS are:
Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring
Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
 
More jobs for January...
Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring
Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
Disperse worm casts in lawns
Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out
Prune apple and pear trees
Start forcing rhubarb
Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl
 
Please visit the RHS website for more detailed guidance on each of this month's jobs above, plus much more.
Also highly recommended is the excellent Gardening Know How (January) section at Sutton's Seeds website, for more great gardening tips and advice!

 
Cover Image by jggrz from Pixabay

    

This event began 11/01/2021 and repeats every year forever


Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can't, it is worth wrapping plants or pots. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.

This month's main gardening jobs are:
Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds
Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
 
Here are some more jobs and reminders for November as circulated by the RHS...
Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds
Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
Plant out winter bedding
Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubblewrap works well
Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks
Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed and if appropriate - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting
 
Please visit the RHS website for more detailed guidance on each of this month's jobs above, plus much more.
Also highly recommended is the excellent Gardening Know How (November) section at Sutton's Seeds website, for more great gardening tips and advice!
Cover Photo from Pixabay

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  • 01 October 2022      31 October 2022

    This event began 10/01/2021 and repeats every year forever


    Although we had some warmer days over September, the autumn is now definitely here for real, and it feels colder. It's a beautiful time of year, with the trees changing colour. Sometimes it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leafmould you can make! It's also time to start preparing for early frosts.

    This month's main gardening jobs are:
    Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants
    Cut back perennials that have died down
    Divide herbaceous perennials
     
    Here are some more jobs and reminders for October as circulated by the RHS...
    Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants
    Cut back perennials that have died down
    Divide herbaceous perennials
    Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory 
    Plant out spring cabbages
    Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
    Prune climbing roses
    Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year
    Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
    Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf
     
    Please visit the RHS website for more detailed guidance on each of this month's jobs above, plus much more.
    Also highly recommended is the excellent Gardening Know How (October) section at Sutton's Seeds website, for more great gardening tips and advice!
    Cover Photo from Pixabay

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  • 01 December 2021      31 December 2021

    This event began 12/01/2021 and repeats every year forever


    As we approach the shortest day of the year in December you will need work to keep you warm outside, such as digging and tree pruning. Check your winter protection and if you have a greenhouse make sure the heater is working. Hopefully there are not too many jobs left to do this year so you will have time for some fireside garden planning.

    This month's main gardening jobs are:
    Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
    Check that greenhouse heaters are working
    Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing.
     
    Here are some more jobs and reminders for December as circulated by the RHS...
    Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
    Check that greenhouse heaters are working
    Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing
    Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)
    Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
    Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops
    Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
    Take hardwood cuttings
    Keep mice away from stored produce
    Reduce watering of houseplants
     
    Please visit the RHS website for more detailed guidance on each of this month's jobs above, plus much more.
    Also highly recommended is the excellent Gardening Know How (December) section at Sutton's Seeds website, for more great gardening tips and advice!
    Cover Photo from Pixabay

    Event details


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  • 01 November 2022      30 November 2022

    This event began 11/01/2021 and repeats every year forever


    Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can't, it is worth wrapping plants or pots. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.

    This month's main gardening jobs are:
    Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds
    Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
    Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
     
    Here are some more jobs and reminders for November as circulated by the RHS...
    Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds
    Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
    Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
    Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
    Plant out winter bedding
    Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
    Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubblewrap works well
    Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks
    Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
    Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed and if appropriate - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting
     
    Please visit the RHS website for more detailed guidance on each of this month's jobs above, plus much more.
    Also highly recommended is the excellent Gardening Know How (November) section at Sutton's Seeds website, for more great gardening tips and advice!
    Cover Photo from Pixabay

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