Garden Corner – July

Jo’s Garden Corner – July   Carry on pruning shrubs that have flowered and feed them with an all-purpose plant food. Pinch out chrysanthemum shoot tips to encourage more flowering stems; cut down the stems of lupins and delphiniums and apply liquid feed to...

Garden Corner – June

Jo’s Garden Corner – June   A constant task at this time of year is deadheading – remove spent flowers from containers, pots, hanging baskets, beds and borders and feed them all occasionally with liquid feed. Deadheading diverts energy from producing...

Garden Corner- May

Jo’s Garden Corner – May   Beware treacherous late frosts and keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if frost is forecast. Don’t be tempted to put out tender bedding until the middle of the month and even then be prepared to cover it if...

Garden Corner – April

Jo’s Garden Corner – April   Broad beans are the first vegetable to be sown in spring as soon as the soil can be worked into a reasonable tilth. Push each bean into the soil about 20cm apart leaving at least 90cm between rows to allow room for weeding and...

Garden Corner- March

Jo’s Garden Corner – March   March is the month when things really start to begin in the garden. In fact the start of the year used to be the Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March until 1752 in Britain, when we adopted the Gregorian calendar and started...

Garden Corner- February

Jo’s Garden Corner – February All winter pruning should be completed by the end of February before the growing cycle starts again. Now is also a good time to carry out any formative pruning on freshly planted stock to ensure a good basic structure for the...