Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Brussels sprout

Hollyhock

Leek

Lobelia

Ornamental Pepper

Petunia

Salvia

Tomato

Outside

courgette

Runner bean

Outside under cover

Cabbage

carrot

Lettuce

Onion

Radish

Turnip


Shows and events:

25/01/2020 - 01/03/2020

Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park Colesbourne Park home to the historic collection of 250 snowdrop varieties. Gardens are open 1pm to 4:30pm on Saturday and Sundays.
Colesbourne Gardens LLP, Estate Office, Colesbourne, Nr. Cheltenham

Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park

25/01/2020 - 02/02/2020

Snowdrop Days at Chelsea Physic Garden Guided tour by the Head of Plant Collections on the Snowdrop Trail and display in the Snowdrop Theatre. A selection of spring flowering bulbs and for sale. The Chelsea Physic garden was founded in 1673 to train apothecaries in the use and identification of plants.
Chelsea Physic Garden

Snowdrop Days at Chelsea Physic Garden

29/01/2020 - 01/03/2020

Welford Park: Snowdrops @ Welford Park Snowdrops @ Welford Park @ Welford Park

Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU

Snowdrops @ Welford Park

01/02/2020 - 01/03/2020

Rode Hall and Gardens: Rode Hall Snowdrop Walks Rode Hall Snowdrop Walks @ Rode Hall and Gardens
Snowdrop walks Tues - Sun 11-4pm
Scholar Green, Cheshire,

Rode Hall Snowdrop Walks

03/02/2020 - 13/03/2020

Cambo Estate and Gardens: Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour @ Cambo Estate and Gardens
Lots of walks, talks and activities for all ages in the gardens, including a quick tour (Weekdays from 1:30 - 2pm) around the national snowdrop collection.
Cambo House, Fife, KY16 8QD

Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour

08/02/2020 - 08/02/2020

RHS Garden Wisley: British Iris Society Early Spring Show British Iris Society Early Spring Show @ RHS Garden Wisley
Collections and displays of early spring-flowering iris. Some plants are available for purchase and experts on hand to answer questions.
Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

British Iris Society Early Spring Show

08/04/2020 - 08/04/2020

RHS London Spring Launch and Orchid Show The first RHS show of the season. Receive expert advice and buy some new plants for the garden.
Royal Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, London SW1P 2PE

RHS London Spring Launch and Orchid Show

11/04/2020 - 13/04/2020

Norfolk Showground: The Norfolk Garden Show The Norfolk Garden Show @ Norfolk Showground
A new for 2020 three day gardening event at the Norfolk Showground. The event will showcase the very best plantsmen, gardening exhibitors, traditional gardens and unique garden furniture, home products with a food & drink court and crafts & gifts pavilion.
Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

The Norfolk Garden Show

17/04/2020 - 18/04/2020

RHS London Botanical Art Show Showcasing beautiful botanic art and photography from around the world.
Royal Horticultural Halls (RHS Lindley Hall), Greycoat Street, London SW1P 2PE

RHS London Botanical Art Show

17/04/2020 - 19/04/2020

RHS Spring Flower Show, Cardiff
Coopers Field, Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff CF10 3EA

RHS Spring Flower Show, Cardiff

18/04/2020 - 19/04/2020

Newbury Garden Show
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham

Newbury Garden Show

20/04/2020 - 22/04/2020

The Newark Garden Show The Newark Garden Show is a three day event, celebrating the best of gardening and the great outdoors.
Newark Showground, Lincoln Rd, Coddington

The Newark Garden Show

07/05/2020 - 10/05/2020

RHS Malvern Spring Festival Show gardens, floral marquee and plant pavillion. Opportunities to buy plants and garden tools and equipment from the trade stands.
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

08/05/2020 - 09/05/2020

Robin Hood Country Show
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood

Robin Hood Country Show

15/05/2020 - 17/05/2020

The National Flower SHow A three day event in Hylands House and surrounding gardens, celebrating the best in gardening.
Hylands House, Chelmsford

The National Flower SHow

19/05/2020 - 23/05/2020

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Perhaps the most famous and prestigious flower show in the world. It has been held for over 100 years, starting in 1862 and was originally known as the Great Spring Show. It was held at the RHS garden in Kensington, moving to the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in 1913, when it was a three day show. The whole event including the 12,000 sq m Great Pavillion and all of the show gardens are put together in just three weeks (19 days) and dismantled in the 5 days after the show.
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

10/06/2020 - 14/06/2020

Chatsworth: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show RHS Chatsworth Flower Show @ Chatsworth
Started in 2017 Chatsworth has already become a major RHS flower show. Garden displays, design ideas, plant stalls and sales from independent nurseries and gardening companines.
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

18/06/2020 - 21/06/2020

The NEC: BBC Gardeners' World Live BBC Gardeners' World Live @ The NEC
Show gardens, gardening advice, demonstrations and the chance to buy plants! Run in conjunction with BBC Good Food Show Summer.
North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT

BBC Gardeners' World Live

26/06/2020 - 28/06/2020

Blenheim Palace Flower Show A wonderful three day show in the grounds of the beautiful Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

01/07/2020 - 02/07/2020

Norfolk Showground: Royal Norfolk Show Royal Norfolk Show @ Norfolk Showground
The Royal Norfolk Show is the UK's largest two-day county show. 700 agricultural, horticultural and trade stands, over 3000 animals and Norfolk's biggest food and drink experience.
Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

Royal Norfolk Show

07/07/2020 - 12/07/2020

Hampton Court Palace: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival @ Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the largest annual flower show in the World. Hampton Court has 34 acres of parkland so the flower show is able to spread out more than Chelsea. Unlike Chelsea where you can only purchase plants on the last day sell-off, at Hampton Court you can purchase plants and garden sundries on all days. In the last couple of hours in the afternoon of the last show day, a lot of the plants that have been in the display gardens are sold off at a reduced prices, so you may get a bargin. However, this also means that in late afternoon it's a bit frenetic and difficult to see the displays at their finest. 30 minutes by train from London Waterloo.
London,

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

22/07/2020 - 26/07/2020

Tatton Park: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park RHS Flower Show Tatton Park @ Tatton Park

Knutsford, Cheshire,

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

07/08/2020 - 08/08/2020

Taunton Flower Show
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Flower Show

19/09/2020 - 20/09/2020

The National Country Show Live
Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford

The National Country Show Live

26/09/2020 - 27/09/2020

Malvern Autumn Show A show for food and garden lovers. The event hosts a range of seasonal food, cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, plant sales, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, art & craft stalls and more. As the show is quite late in the year, the focus is on food crops and late flowering plants.
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW

Malvern Autumn Show

All event details have been entered as accurately as possible, but please check with the event organisers before travelling to avoid disappointment.

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Prune gooseberries and cover with netting to prevent birds from eating the buds.
  • 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.
  • Pot up any cuttings that have rooted.
  • Check produce and plants that are in storage for damage or drying out (dahlias, chrysanths etc.).
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).