Seeds to plant now:

Indoors or in a heated greenhouse

Brussels sprout

Hollyhock

Leek

Lobelia

Ornamental pepper

Petunia

Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Salvia

Tomato

Outside

Outside under cover

Cabbage

Carrot

Lettuce

Onion

Turnip


Shows and events:

26/01/2015 - 01/03/2015

Snowdrop Festival at Anglesey Abbey

31/01/2015 - 01/03/2015

Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park, weekends from 31/01/15

31/01/2015 - 08/02/2015

Snowdrop Days at Chelsea Physic Garden

31/01/2015 - 01/03/2015

Hodsock Snowdrops

07/02/2015 - 08/03/2015

Kew Orchid Fesitval

07/02/2015 - 01/03/2015

Snowdrops at Benington Lordship Gardens

07/02/2015 - 15/02/2015

Snowdrops at Mottisfont Abbey - weekends only

11/02/2015 - 24/02/2015

Snowdrops at Lacock Abbey

12/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrop Floral Display

14/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival

14/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrops at Easton Walled Gardens

14/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrop weekends at Waterperry Gardens

21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

RHS London Plant and Design Show

21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrop Days at Goldsborough Hall

21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrops at Shepherd House Garden

21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrops at St. Botolph's Church, Swyncombe

22/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza

28/02/2015 - 09/03/2014

Philadelphia Flower Show

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.

  • Prune apple and pear trees and remove any "suckers". Cut these off as close to the trunk as possible.
  • Prune fruit trees, rose bushes and wisteria.
  • If you are ordering seeds or plugs from mail-order companies, you'll need to get your order in soon.
  • Start off seed potatoes, standing them in seed trays with eyes uppermost.
  • For an early crop of strawberries bring the pots into the greenhouse now.
  • Clear away old crops from the greenhouse, including grow bags, they can harbour hibernating insects and their eggs. Spread the grow bag compost on the soil as a soil conditioner.
  • 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.
  • Switch outside water taps off at the mains and leave the outside tap open, draining any water, so the pipes don't freeze.
  • Put out feeders for birds, not forgetting fresh water. Encouraging birds into the garden will help reduce the number of insects and slugs.
  • 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 apple and pear trees. Check and adjust any stakes on young trees and remove stakes on any trees that have been planted more than 3 years.
  • 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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