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    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 Cl
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    August is usually one of the hottest months of the year - making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away. When you are at home, take the time to prune Wisteria and summer-flowering shrubs such as lavender once they've finished flowering. This month's main gardening jobs are: Prune Wisteria Don’t delay summer pruning fruits train
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    This month there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There's plenty to do indoors this month to prepare for the season ahead. Outdoors, as the garden comes to life again, it's time to prune shrubs and climbers, such as Wisteria as well as evergreen hedges. This month's main gardening jobs as suggested by the RHS are: Plant deciduous trees, shrubs and hedging Take hardwood cuttings for more plants next year Reduce the amount of water you give to houseplants More jobs for
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    July is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. You can help keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading, and you'll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well watered, using 'grey' water where possible, and hoe off weeds, which continue to thrive in the sunshine. This month's main gardening jobs are: Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt Care for your houseplants while on holiday Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flo
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    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.
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    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 disp
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    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
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    September is generally a cooler, gustier month than August and the days are noticeably shorter. While there's not as much to do in the ornamental garden at this time of the year, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you'll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. It's also time to get out and start planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year and you can collect seeds for next summer's colour too. Make the most of the remaining warmth while you can! This month's main gardening jobs are: Divide herbaceous perennials Pick autumn raspberries Coll
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    As the bulbs fade away and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, summer is approaching! Sowing and planting out bedding plants can now begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can also take softwood cuttings. It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures that May brings. This month's main gardening jobs are: Keep weeds under control Mow your lawns weekly Lift and divide clumps of Daffodils a few weeks after blooming Here are some more jobs and reminders for May as circulate
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    Spring is finally here! The almost long forgotten sounds of lawnmowers starting up, followed by the aroma of freshly cut grass, are not far away. This month's main gardening jobs as circulated by the RHS are: Cut back winter shrubs Sow some seeds and prepare seed beds Lift and divide perennials More jobs for March... Protect new spring shoots from slugs Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes Plant summer-flowering bulbs Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials Top dress containers with fresh compost Mow th
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    A warm early summer June breeze. Perfect for gardening but probably best to avoid the direct midday sun. June 21 is of course the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth is appreciated by the late evening gardener. It encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth, however this extra light and warmth also means ideal conditions for those pesky, sneaky weeds that will inevitably sprout up again. You can keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry conditions. This month's main gardening jobs are: Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds Be w
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    With the clocks having sprung forward and Spring finally here, daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom. Whilst you can expect the inevitable April showers this month we'll have sunny days too, so it's an ideal time to turn your attention to the lawn. April is an exciting month, indoor-sown seeds are well into growth, and it's also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for those unexpected frosts! This month's main gardening jobs as circulated by the RHS are: Keep weeds under control Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors Sow new lawns or re
  13. Planting in the garden Plants will provide changing colours, shapes and character to your garden throughout the year. Planting trees and shrubs Trees and shrubs provide height, so give an extra dimension to your garden. With careful selection they can also provide colour for seasonal interest throughout the year whether with flowers, fruit, autumn leaves or winter silhouettes. Select the right size and number of trees to fit with the size of your garden, bearing in mind the mature height and spread. Look to have one or two trees in a small to medium garden. Too many t
  14. Top tips for show newcomers Entering the Prestatyn Flower Show? Here are some key tips to help you get started. Talk to the people who are already competing in your local show. "They are always pleased to pass on tips and advice". Grow the easier varieties of fruit, veg or flowers. "If you are unsure ask at your local Garden Centre which are the most popular makes to grow." Read the show schedule carefully. "You'd be amazed at the number of entries that are disqualified because they haven't read the schedule properly." Take your time when you're displaying y
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