News: Tips and tricks

  • Beating blackfly the natural way

    Many of you will recognise the clusters of 2mm long blackfly, setting up colonies that rapidly develop on fresh young shoots and leaves of vegetable and other plants during spring and summer in years gone by, but this year seems …

  • Gardening tips March to May

    As the weather starts to get warmer it’s important to protect plants and newly emerging shoots from pests such as slugs. This can be achieved by two different methods; chemical and non-chemical. Non-chemical methods of slug control Beneficial nematode (such …

  • Gardening tips, February

    Spring is just around the corner and there are plenty of things you can be doing in the garden in readiness: Chit seed potatoes ready for planting (allow them to start sprouting shoots to give them a head start when …

  • Gardening tips, January

    January, the wolf-month1 (according to the old Saxon tribe), now rolls into our daily lives making its presence known through low temperatures and dismal weather. Along with preparing for this in general, we must help and guide our gardens through …

  • Gardening tips, May

    Summer is well and truly on its way but be watchful and keep an eye on the weather forecast; the occasional frost can still occur at this time of year. Don’t plant out tender bedding plants until the middle of …

  • Gardening tips, April

    Spring has sprung! Here are some things you can be doing in your garden during April. Keep weeds under control by hand weeding or herbicide. It’s advisable to hand weed early season as the weed growth will not be as …

  • Gardening tips, March

    As March approaches, gardeners need to start thinking about planning for summer, as well as tending to over-wintered plants. Plan your summer bedding displays Order your ready-grown plant plugs from a nursery or catalogue Sow annual seeds undercover to avoid …

  • Gardening tips, February

    Jobs you can be doing in your garden throughout February: Divide clumps of snowdrops after flowering and replant Prepare seed beds for vegetables Prune winter flowering shrubs Renovate deciduous shrubs Cut hardy evergreen hedges Prune wisteria