Seeds to plant now:

Indoors or in a heated greenhouse

Ageratum

Alyssum

Aubergine

Cardoon

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Celery

Columbine

Cress

Cucumber

Lettuce

Lobelia

Ornamental pepper

Pepper

Petunia

Salvia

Tomato

Outside

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Asparagus

Beetroot

Borecole

Broccoli

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Hollyhock

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Parsnip

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Sweet pea

Outside under cover

Brussels sprout

Carrot

Cauliflower

Cucumber

French marigold

Leek

Lettuce

Marrow

Onion

Pea

Snapdragon

Sweet corn

Tomato


Shows and events:

07/02/2015 - 08/03/2015

Kew Orchid Fesitval

17/05/2015 - 17/05/2015

Watercress Festival

19/05/2015 - 23/05/2015

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

27/05/2015 - 30/05/2015

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show

05/06/2015 - 07/06/2015

The Garden Show at Stanstead

13/06/2015 - 14/06/2015

Open Garden Squares Weekend

24/07/2015 - 26/07/2015

The Garden Show at Loseley

07/08/2015 - 08/08/2015

Taunton Flower Show

14/08/2015 - 15/08/2015

Shrewsbury Flower Show

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Plant summer fruiting raspberry canes.
  • Plant lily and gladioli bulbs in 4in (10cm) deep holes. Cover with soil or compost and gently firm down the soil to ensure that there are no air pockets as this may cause the bulbs to rot.
  • Apply fertilizer containing nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus around trees, fruit bushes and shrubs.
  • Remove algae and moss from patios and paths with a proprietary patio and path cleaner or tar-oil winter wash.
  • Pot up any cuttings that have rooted.
  • If you have had a fall of snow, gently shake shrub branches, a build up of snow and ice can cause branches to snap.
  • If your pond has frozen over, melt a small area of ice with hot water to release any build-up of gases that could harm your fish. Don't be tempted to break the ice, the shockwave created can kill pond life.
  • After a frost try to stay off the grass. Treading on the lawn in frosty conditions can damage the grass.
  • Refirm the roots of any shrubs that may have been lifted by frost.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Cover shrubs that are likely to be damaged by frost with garden fleece, sacking or an old light blanket.
  • On a dry still day rake up fallen leaves, don't put them on the compost heap, as leaves break down in a cold process, whereas a traditional compost heap breaks organic matter down in a warm/hot process. Put them into a leaf composter, or make leaf mould. How to make leaf mould.
  • If you have any decorative plant pots that aren't frostproof. Empty them of all soil and store them in the shed, greenhouse or garage.
  • Plant or move roses. They like plenty of sun and a clay soil. Leave 60cm (24in) between plants to allow air circulation, which will reduce the chance of infection.
  • During autumn and winter, indoor plants will require less feeding and watering. However as the temperature drops outside, the central heating goes on and the temperature in the house tends to go up, so whilst it's a good idea to keep your pot plants on the dry side and not water them too often, you should check a couple of times a week to ensure they haven't totally dried out. Oh and if you have a water spray bottle, hold the plant over the sink or bath and give the foliage a quick little squirt (don't do this to hairy leaved plants like african violets).
  • Don't go and buy an indoor (small) watering can, I find that the kettle does just as good a job, but obviously not after it has just boiled!! (the water should be room temperature or cooler).

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