Gardening Tips Month by Month
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Cut lavender for drying, choosing newly opened flowers for the best fragrance, then hang up in a cool, dark place
Give dahlias a liquid feed, keep them well watered and tie the shoots of tall varieties to sturdy stakes as they grow
Hoe and hand-weed borders often, so weeds don't have time to set seed
Water and feed sweet peas regularly, pick the flowers every few days, and remove seed pods to prolong flowering
Plant autumn bulbs, including nerines, colchicums and sternbergia, in pots and borders
Feed, water and deadhead summer bedding regularly, in pots, borders and hanging baskets
Cut back early summer perennials, such as hardy geraniums and delphiniums, after flowering for a second flush
Take softwood cuttings from shrubs such as pyracantha, cotinus, hydrangeas and spiraea
Feed and deadhead roses to keep them flowering strongly
Keep watch for pests such aslily beetles,,vine weevils, and remove before they do too much harm
Pick off flowers on coleus plants to maintain their colourful leaves
Sow biennials, such as foxgloves, honesty, forget-me-nots and wallflowers, for blooms next year
Click here for July and August garden notes (this month Gill Taylor or President, gives us a personal view of her garden and what she is doing during July and August)
The intention of this piece is to introduce a monthly series of helpful advice for people with gardens which will both give them some structure in their gardening and growing activities but, more importantly, to help with the psychological issues we are now all having to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic. This aspect of the series is a result of the gardening wisdom shared in a new book ĎThe Well Gardened Mindí by Sue Stuart-Smith published this month by William Collins.
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Sharing your memories of others - we are asking for your pictures of a flower, plant or garden that reminds you of a loved one or situation you're missing seeing during lockdown (or anytime) and tell us why that plant makes you think of them. Click here to see those memories.
Efficient/easy to use gardening equipment - recommended by one of our members.
Felco classic secateurs. They also make them for left handlers.
Darlac Heavy duty anviI ratchet loppers. Long reach tree pruner. They are awesome
Draper stainless steel hand fork and trowel. Donít buy cheap ones they bend.
Wilkinson sword ultra light single handed grass shears. Great for fine finishing lawn edges and topiary.
Sandvic/ Bahco small folding pruning saw. Very useful piece of kit when the branch is too large for the loppers.
Stihl cordless hedge trimmer. Amazing piece of kit. At last I can cut thru branches 1Ē+ and not have to worry about cutting an electric cable. Itís light weight ,smaller battery lasts 144 minutes. ,donít need to wear ear defenders.
Stihl also make cordless leaf blowers, brush cutters,strimmers and chainsaws and many others. The batteries are interchangeable.
THE GARDEN IN THE TIME OF COVID-19