Gardening In July | To Do List

Gardening in July; with the heat of Summer, comes good and surprisingly not so good times in the garden and garden centre.

The ‘not so good’ being all the watering that is essential to provide beautiful plants for sale and for show.

The ‘good times’ are relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying the beautiful sights of your garden, taking in the smells, sounds and sights of your surroundings when all the chaos and chores of the day are over.

General

  • Water and feed all areas regularly.
  • Enjoy the night sights by highlighting the garden with low voltage or solar powered lights.
  • Prune Wisteria new shoots back to five buds, to encourage next years flowers.
  • Trim Leylandi hedges to keep under control.
  • Prune shrubs that have already flowered to keep in trim.

Ponds

  • Check pump filters regularly to keep unblocked.
  • Remove blanket weed by twisting it around a stick.
  • Feed fish regularly.
  • Pond plants including water Lilies, can still be planted.

Vegetables

  • Water regularly, especially onions.
  • Continue sowing salad veg- lettuce, radish..
  • Dip up early potatoes
  • Earth up Main-Crop Potatoes
  • Feed vegetable plants with liquid manure or nitrogen feed.

Fruit

  •  Peg Strawberry runners down to propagate them
  • Harvest Raspberries
  • Spray for mildew on Gooseberries
  • Keep protection nets and cages secure.

Lawn Care

  • Liquid feed to maintain tip top condition.
  • Water in dry conditions.
  • Keep newly sown or turfed areas watered.
  • Raise the height of cut in dry conditions.

General Tasks

  • Feed all border Perennials with Rose Feed
  • Don’t forget to water newly planted flowers.
  • Water hanging baskets daily & feed weekly with Phostrogen.
  • Spray roses for greenfly, mildew & blackspot
  • Prune earlier flowered Perennials to encourage another flush of flowers.

Gardening in July is one of the best times of the year, and we everything you need to hit the ground running.

Gardening In June | To Do List

Gardening in June; the beginning of Summer is now upon us and it’s time to continue with those planned projects.

Brighten up borders, plant up hanging baskets and tubs with Summer colour and watch them bloom!

Greenhouse

  • Thin out hardy annual seedlings sown directly into soil.
  • To prevent scorching and over heating of tender young plants, paint the glass using a shade paint
  • Feed all plants at least once a week
  • Make sure your greenhouse is well ventilated
  • Plant cucumbers, melons and peppers.

Vegetables

  • Water onions well to ensure the bulbs swell.
  • Pinch out tips of Broad Beans to discourage blackfly.
  • Feed all plants and water regularly during dry spells.
  • Pull up soil around main-crop potatoes.

Ponds

  • Remove blanket weed from ponds by twirling it around a stick.
  • Check filters and pumps to ensure they are not blocked.

Flowers

  • Plant Summer bedding
  • Fill window boxes, troughs and hanging baskets.
  • Spray roses with Rose Clear 2 to control pests and diseases.
  • Water in well, all newly planted shrubs and perennials.
  • Watch out for pests and diseases in all areas and spray when necessary.

Lawn Care

  • Mow lawns more frequently.
  • To give tired lawns a boost, feed with ‘Miracle Grow’ lawn food.
  • Apply a combined feed and week if you have not already done so.

General Tasks

  • Harvest Rhubarb regularly- don’t allow flower spikes to form.
  • Protect soft fruit by covering with netting.
  • Place straw under Strawberry plants to protect from slugs.

Gardening in June is a pleasure not to be missed, so make sure you get your hands on everything we have to offer.

Gardening In April | To Do List

Gardening in April | Spring is finally here – and the sight of Forsythia, Camelias, Magnolias and other Spring flowers are at their beautiful peak.

Now is a good time to do certain jobs that will help cut down on maintenance for the rest of the year.

The garden centre is now bulging at the sides with everything for the garden.

Greenhouse

  • A busy time for sowing all sorts in a heated green-house, inclduing tomatoes, peppers, marrows and other vegetable seeds.
  • Pot up cuttings of Fuschias and Geraniums.

Bulbs

  • Plant out Gladioli, Dahlias and Lillies.

 Mix in good planting compost when planting.

Seeds

Many varieties of hardy annuals can now be sown outside.

Lawn

  • Apply Spring lawn fertiliser.
  • Treat with moss killer.
  • Rake out debris (thatch) if you didn’t get chance last September.
  • Apply grass seed to bare patches.

Fruit

  • It’s a great time to plant trees and bushes as the centre is fully stocked.
  • Plant out Strawberries and Rhubard now.
  • Start to spray Apples and Pears to deter pests and diseases.
  • Mulch with manure.

Vegetables

  • Sow many vegetable varities.
  • Plant out onion sets and potatoes.

Many herbs and vegetable plants are available now.

Flowers

  • Plant trees and shrubs.
  • Hardy perennials and herbaceous plants can now be planted.
  • Feed all flower borders, after the washout winter, with a slow release fertiliser like chicken manure, rose feed or blood, fish and bone.
  • Prune back late flowering shrubs like Buddleia, Lavatera, Clematis, Lavendar and Rosemary.
  • Start spraying roses to keep on top of pests and diseases.
  • Plant alpines out now- choose from our wide selection.

Gardening in April is one of life’s greatest pleasures so make sure you are prepped and ready to plant.