Jobs for the month

What seeds can I grow in April

April seeds undercover or in the greenhouse Aubergene Celery Courgette Cucumbers Kale Lettuce Rosemary Sage Sweetcorn Thyme Tomatoes, April seeds to sow outside Artichokes Beetroot Broad beans Broccoli Cauliflower Chives Coriander Dill Parsley Parsnip peas Radish Spring onions Swede  

What to do to a lawn in March?

What to do to a lawn in March depends on the weather. If there are still frosts try and keep off of the lawn. Once the grass starts to move clear the surface of your lawn of all sticks, leaves and debris with a lawn rake. Now is a good time to give your lawn a light roll to settle the turf. Apply a moss killer if you have a moss problem and repair any ragged edges. Now’s the time to get the mower out and give the grass a high topping cut

What jobs need doing on an allotment in March?

What jobs need doing on an allotment in March still depends on the weather. It can be pretty variable at this time of year. If it’s mild enough you can plant out your onion and shallot sets. If you fancy asparagus later on now is the time to start an asparagus bed from crowns. A couple of weeks in to march is the time to plant out your early potatoes. It’s the time to sow beetrrot, broad beans, early peas, early sprouts, leeks, lettuce, radish, parsnips and early turnips. You can also start tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in a propagator or in the greenhouse You can also start summer cabbages, cauliflowers and early carrots under cloches  

What seeds can I sow in March?

These can be sown in a heated greenhouse or indoors in March Flowers   Aster Ageratum Brachyscombe Coreopsis Dahlia Salvia Stocks    Fruit & Vegetables   Aubergines Basil Brussels Cauliflowers Celery Chilli peppers Cucumbers Gherkins Tomatoes These can be sown outdoors in March, depending on weather and temperature, or under fleece or cloches leeks lettuce onions spring onions parsnips early peas radish rocket spinach broad beans broccoli Brussels sprouts summer cabbage carrots summer cauliflower

What needs doing on an allotment in January?

There isn’t a great deal to do on the allotment in January. January is not really the month to plant anything outdoors. Dig up leeks and plant them in some loose soil so you can get at them if the ground freezes really hard. Finish any digging over of the plot. Order your seed potatoes. Cover over wintering vegetables with cloches or fleece

How to Take Care of Your Furniture for the Winter Months

You would have enjoyed your garden furniture greatly over the beautiful summer months with numerous evenings spent relaxing under the awnings experiencing a fine summer breeze. However, it is now that time of year where you choose to cosy up inside on the sofa instead, but you don’t want to be leaving your garden furniture out in the cold! These are some of the ways you can take care of your garden furniture so that it is still fresh to be brought out next year. Giving it a Clean Your garden furniture would’ve been put to good use over the spring and summer and it is likely to have accumulated a bit of dirt around the edges. The quality of cane and rattan furniture can become dirty and worn over time if it isn’t cleaned every now and again. Cleaning it is a fairly short and simple process....

December lawncare

Where the lawn is concerned, December is more a month of observation and taking time to oil and maintain garden care equipment. That said, as grass continues to grow in temperatures above 5ºC (41ºF) there is just a chance, if you are in a mild area, the lawn may need a light mowing for a tidier look through the winter. For most of us though it’s about keeping the lawn clear of fallen leaves, brushing out worm casts if the grass is dry and looking. Look out for any signs of disease and keep a note for when you’re able to take action and treat the lawn. One of the commonest diseases is Fusarium patch which develops as small, dead patches. It’s caused by the fungus Microdochium nivale and the dead patches tend to join up to form larger areas of scarring. It can usually be easily controlled by...

Allotment jobs for November

The frosts normally start in November. Harvest winter cabbages and cauliflowers. harvest Jerusalem artichokes Dig up the last of your carrots for storage. Store them in peat or sand. Cover parsnips if you want to lift any when the grounds gets really cold. Check stored fruit and vegetables for rotten ones Plant out garlic cloves Double dig cleared allotment areas

April lawncare

APRIL From April onwards the need for more frequent mowing of the lawn is likely, depending on weather and location. Remember the higher the height of cut the healthier the lawn will be and cutting not more than a third off the height with any one mowing should be the rule. Weeds will start to proliferate and the lawn can be treated now with a selective weed killer, one that does not affect the grass plant. Aerating the lawn by hand (a garden fork will do the job on a smaller lawn) or machine before the ground becomes hardened is beneficial in helping the soil to warm up, encouraging growth, and allowing it to drain more freely by breaking up compaction that has occurred over the winter months. Compaction, as a result of the lawn being trampled by feet and compressed by machines, the lawn ...

Get rid of moss

Professional solutions to treat moss and algae which could otherwise become a safety hazard   With a new season just around the corner, many people are now thinking about a spring clean of their home and garden and the damp dark conditions of the past winter have been ideal for the spread of moss and algae on all surfaces; paths, driveways, patios, walls, fences, garden furniture, rooftops, conservatory uPVC windows, tennis court and sports surfaces …  As well as being unsightly, growth can cause damage such as to tiles, tarmac and render.  Under foot, slippery paths and floors can be a major safety hazard, particularly on slopes, timber decking and sports surfaces such as artificial turf.   Fortunately, it is a simple problem to cure and prevent as long as a thorough treat...

Protect new shoots

if you live out in the countryside this is the time of year to start protecting the new shoots of perennials from rabbits. Delphiniums and phlox are a particular favourite of rabbits.

March lawncare

Monthly lawn and turfcare information MARCH March is usually the month when lawn care starts in earnest, clearing up, repairing bare patches and if it’s mild and dry and the lawn has grown it’s time for the first cut. This needs to be just a topping, not too short, to keep the grass protected until the frosts have passed. Raise the cutting height of the deck on the mower or garden tractor to tip off the top part of the leaf. Gradually lower the deck with each successive cut over the next three months to the desired height. We think of mowing grass for the purpose of maintaining an area of the garden as lawn. Mowing, however, also has an effect on the composition of the turf. While some grasses and weeds die back when they are cut very short, others can thrive with close mowing. Dividing gr...