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What to do in the garden this week?

On my show this week I had Janine Wookey talking about the National Garden Scheme and her Garden Tours, starting on 15th February with a snowdrop tour. You can find out more information on the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk and the tours on Janine’s website at; www.gardentoursetc.co.uk

 

 Janine WookeyJanine Wookey

 

What to do in the garden this week:

 

Flower Garden

 

  • Prune back shoots on mophead and lacecap hydrangeas to a pair of buds
  • Trim all foliage from barrenwort (Epimedium) before flowers start to develop
  • Plant lilies in pots
  • Prune mahonia, removing old stems to make room for new growth
  • Lift and divide congested clumps of snowdrops when in leaf, also known as 'in the green'

 

Fruit and Vegetable Garden

 

  • Plant shallots outside into well-prepared soil
  • Sow mustard and cress in a pot on the kitchen windowsill for a quick crop
  • Use netting and bird scarers to protect fruit bushes from hungry birds, which can strip off swelling buds
  • Prune side shoots on trained forms of gooseberry back to two or three buds
  • Sow the following crops in pots or trays in the greenhouse, ready to transplant outside later: Brussels sprouts, spring cabbage, cauliflower, onions, leeks, lettuce and salad leaves

 

Greenhouse

 

 

  • Hand pollinate the flowers of peaches and nectarine, with a soft brush
  • Cut off hippeastrum flower heads, leaving the stalk
  • Sow summer-bedding plants in trays in a heated propagator or in the greenhouse
  • Plant dahlia tubers in trays to encourage shoots to develop, which you can use as cuttings
  • Pot on houseplants and ferns into slightly larger pots
  • Insulate the greenhouse with polythene to improve insulation and seal windows

 

Around the Garden

 

 

  • Fix nesting boxes for birds to suitable trees around your garden
  • Service petrol lawn mowers and power tools
  • Keep indoor azaleas well-watered with rainwater
  • Make fat cakes and hang them among roses to encourage bluetits to feed off overwintering pests
  • Clear away old plant debris from around the margins of ponds, and scoop out leaves that have fallen into the water

 

 

 

 

Andrew

 



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