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Monthly Gardening Jobs

January’s Gardening Jobs

If you are itching to get out there, but cant see the soil for the snow, take time now to sit down & plan ahead. At this time of year, you may only be able to venture into your garden to clear the snow, but there are lots of jobs we should be doing in our gardens...

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February’s Gardening Jobs

Deadhead and prune any of your winter flowering shrubs and hardier plants, such as Wisteria, Roses, Clematis, Grape Vines, Winter-flowering Pansies and evergreen hedges. Finish winter pruning fruit trees and soft fruits such as Apples, Pears, Currants and...

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March’s Gardening Jobs

Plant any new trees, hedging, shrubs, roses or climbers in early spring. We have a wide range of bare root still available until the end of March. Give your lawn a good rake over to remove any winter debris, neaten and trim the edges, then give it a mow, be careful...

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April’s Gardening Jobs

Show the weeds in your garden who’s boss! Get on top of perennial weeds now to save you a lot of time in future months. Once under control, apply a layer of mulch that will help to keep weeds at bay or preferably add groundcover plants such as Ajuga reptans, Hostas,...

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May’s Gardening Jobs

Temperatures are starting to rise but there can still be frosts in some areas. Keep an eye on your local weather forecasts, and remember to protect any plants which need help such as hanging baskets and early blossoms on fruit trees and fruit bushes. Your lawn should...

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June’s Gardening Jobs

Early-flowering perennials such as poppies and forget-me-nots will have already flowered. Cutting them back hard after flowering will result in a second wave of foliage and in some cases and second summer flush of flowers. If dry, water immediately after pruning....

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July’s Gardening Jobs

Hopefully our few weeks of warmer weather this spring and early summer will result in your harvests still being ready in July. Spinach, peas & beans, cherries, currants, raspberries and soft fruits such as apricots and strawberries can be harvested throughout the...

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August’s Gardening Jobs

It is essential to keep on top of watering, use ‘grey’ water or rainwater whenever possible and if you are going on holiday, enlist the help of friends, family or neighbours to keep your garden watered whilst you are away. Containers are particularly...

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September’s Gardening Jobs

Maincrop potatoes will be ready to harvest once the tops have died off. Two weeks before you lift the crop, cut the top growth back to ground level. Once lifted, leave to dry for 2-3 hours before storing. Spring cabbages and winter onion sets can now be planted....

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October’s Gardening Jobs

Cut back and tidy up the tops of any perennials which have died down. This will help to keep your garden looking neat and prevent any pests from thriving off the dead leaves. Divide any congested clumps of herbaceous perennials to ensure a better show next year and...

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November’s Gardening Jobs

Move any of your frost tender plants into your greenhouse or into a sheltered spot. Wrapping the pots with newspaper, fleece or bubble wrap will also give them the extra protection they need to survive the winter. Grouping them together will also help them to stay...

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December’s Gardening Jobs

Japanese Acers, Birches and Vines will need pruning before Christmas to avoid the bleeding of the sap from the cut stems. Choose to do this on a day without frosts, so as to protect the plant as much as possible. Root crops such as parsnips, leeks, kale, winter...

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