Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Lettuce

Ornamental Pepper

Outside

Ageratum

Alpine poppy

Alyssum

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

carrot

Cauliflower

Cress

Floss flower, Ageratum

Hollyhock

Larkspur

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Swiss chard, Ruby chard, Rhubard chard

Turnip

Outside under cover

Cauliflower

Lettuce


Shows and events:

30/05/2019 - 01/12/2019

RHS Wisley - Sculpture at Wisley 2019 A trail through the gardens showing modern and contemporary sculptures of different sizes and materials from Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Phillip King, Henry Bruce and Philip Haas.
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB (just off junction 10 of the M25)

RHS Wisley - Sculpture at Wisley 2019

22/06/2019 - 05/01/2020

Yorkshire Sculpture Park David Smith: Sculpture David Smith: Sculpture @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Works by the American artist.
West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire,

David Smith: Sculpture

31/07/2019 - 27/10/2019

The Garden Museum What to look for in the garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition What to look for in the garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition @ The Garden Museum
An exhibition celebrating the history of Ladybird books for children. A nostalgic look back at the artwork and books of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

What to look for in the garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition

24/08/2019 - 26/08/2019

Lullingstone Castle Plant Hunters Weekend Plant Hunters Weekend @ Lullingstone Castle
A celebration of the Victorian plant hunter also events and guided tours of the garden.
Eynsford, Kent,

Plant Hunters Weekend

25/08/2019 - 26/08/2019

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show A traditional county show.
Lingfield, Surrey

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

30/08/2019 - 01/09/2019

Chatsworth Counrty Fair Held in the Chatsworth Park the Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the most spectacular annual outdoor events.
Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Chatsworth Counrty Fair

01/09/2019 - 01/09/2019

Autumn Plant Heritage Fair Return of the Plant Heritage Plant Fair and Tender Plant Show.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Ln, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB Phone: 01423 565418

Autumn Plant Heritage Fair

06/09/2019 - 08/09/2019

Dundee Flower and Food Festival A number of nurseries and gardening societies exhibiting. This is the Scottish National Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society Annual Show.
Camperdown Country Park

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

07/09/2019 - 07/09/2019

Moreton-in-March Show One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.
Moreton-in-Marsh Showground, Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0AB

Moreton-in-March Show

07/09/2019 - 07/09/2019

Alresford Show A traditional agricultural show in the Hampshire countryside
Tichborne, Alresford

Alresford Show

14/09/2019 - 14/09/2019

Newent Onion Fayre The annual Newent onion show, including live music, entertainment, food and drink, over 150 stands. Plus the world famous onion eating competition!!
Newent, Gloucestershire

Newent Onion Fayre

28/09/2019 - 29/09/2019

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

05/10/2019 - 06/10/2019

Great Dixter Plant Fair The Great Dixter Plant Fair is a small but intimate fair with talks given by plantsmen and nurserymen from specialist nurseries from the UK and Europe.
Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH

Great Dixter Plant Fair

09/10/2019 - 13/10/2019

Grand Designs Live Home and garden show based on the Channel 4 TV series of the same name, hosted by Kevin McCloud.
NEC, Birmingham, West Midlands. B40 1NT

Grand Designs Live

12/10/2019 - 12/10/2019

RHS Garden Harlow Carr National Alpine Garden Show The Alpine Garden Society showcase their prized specimens at RHS Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr National Alpine Garden Show

14/11/2019 - 17/11/2019

The Festive Gift Fair Festive, fun and fabulous Christmas Shopping
NEC Birmingham

The Festive Gift Fair

07/08/2020 - 08/08/2020

Taunton Flower Show
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Flower Show

Welcome to the UKGardening Internet site.

The UKGardening web site has been running since 1998. The idea behind the site has always been to provide what we think will be interesting and useful information for the novice gardener.

Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Tidy and cut back perennials.
  • Sweet corn should be ripe enough to harvest. Pick when they are a pale creamy colour. However corn on the cob deteriorates quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible after picking.
  • Gather seeds of alliums, poppies, aquilegias and salvias. Label and lay out to dry before storing.
  • Take cuttings of tender perennials and shrubs. Including salvias, penstemon, lavender and rosemary.
  • Autumn or late winter are the best time to lay a new lawn, as it's damper and cooler, allowing the turf to bed in without you having to worry too much about regular watering. See here: laying a new lawn for further information.
  • Make sure that ponds are topped up, if you need to top up your pond check the PH and nitrogen levels of the water afterwards.
  • Spring flowering bulbs should be available in your local garden centre. Plan where you are going to plant them before you go and buy accordingly, it's great fun filling up those brown bags with bulbs, but can be expensive.

    Bulbs are lifted by commercial growers in late summer/early autumn. The bulbs are full of moisture and sugars, but the longer they are out of the ground the more they will start to dehydrate and use stored sugars, smaller bulbs are especially vulnerable so get them into pots or in the ground as soon as possible after puchasing.

    If you have a small garden, or are planting bulbs in pots, think about using smaller varieties of bulbs. Miniature daffodils ('Tete-a-tete' or 'Topolino' ), dwarf tulips and crocuses.

    Plant bulbs of one variety together for effect. If the soil in your garden is wet and sticky in winter/spring, plant the bulbs in pots and containers, otherwise they'll tend to sit and rot. Plant bulbs 2 to 3 times deeper than their size. If you are growing in large containers, plant the bulbs in layers. Put larger bulbs like tulip and daffodil in first.

  • Wild flowers only need to be cut down once a year. Wait until they have finished flowering and the seed heads have ripened, adjust the lawnmower wheels onto their highest setting, remove the grass collection box and run the mover over them, or if you fancy a lot of exercise, try a scythe. Leave the cuttings on the ground for a few days to allow any seed heads to dry and for the seeds to fall. Collect up the remaining stems and put them in the compost heap.
  • Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias set their buds now. If they are being grown in pots or containers, make sure they get plenty of water using rainwater at least once a week.
  • Lift marrows, pumpkins and squashes off the ground with straw or upturned plastic flower pots, in order to helo them ripen in the last of the sun, keep them from sitting on damp soil and reduce slug damage.
  • Feed houseplants with liquid seaweed or a general fertilizer.
  • If your tomato plants have been affected by blight, clear the plants and burn them, adding them to the compost heap will not kill the spores.
  • Grass will need less frequent mowing in prolonged dry weather. If very dry, remove the grass collecting box and let the cuttings stay on the ground to conserve soil moisture.
  • Continue to collect and store seeds from plants, for sowing next year. Store any collected seed in paper envelopes or bags, then put them in an air-tight container.
  • Propagate hibiscus, lavender and rhododendron plants by taking semi-ripe cuttings.
  • Propagate celamatis, honeysuckle and wisteria plants by layering.
  • Collect and dispose of wind-fall fruit. Leaving them on the ground encourages pests and can damage your lawn.
  • Take cuttings of shrubs: senecio, lavender, sage, rosemary, fuchsia, hebe, daphne, cistus, choisya and azalea.
  • Prune wisteria by shortening the whippy lateral shoots to about six buds from the main stems.
  • Prepare the garden now if you are going on holiday. Water all shrubs well, including roses and climbers, then lay 2-3in thick mulch on top of the soil around their roots to keep the roots cool.
  • If the your grass has grown long while you have been on holiday, give it a cut with the blade set quite high and then lower a few days later, this reduces the chance of the grass going into shock and allowing weeds to get established
  • If you are going on holiday either get a neighbour to water your house plants, hanging baskets and patio planters, alternatively put all of your plants including house plants on the patio or lawn, put the lawn sprinkler between them and connect the hose to an outside tap using a water timer (set the timer to come on twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening - 10 minutes each time should be sufficient). Test the settings before you go away.
  • Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
  • Tie tomato stems to canes or stakes to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the plant.
  • Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.
  • Ensure that soil in hanging baskets and patio planters is kept moist. Remove fading and dead flower heads from plants, this will encourage new flowers. Feed hanging baskets and planters weekly with liquid fertiliser if a slow release fertiliser was not added when planting the basket.
  • Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
  • Continually nip out side shoots from upright (cordon) tomato plants. These reduce the amount of food available to fruit baring branches. If growing plants in the greenhouse, nip out the growing tip after the plant has produced 4-5 fruiting trusses, reduce this to 3-4 if growing tomatoes outside. See here, for more information: https://youtu.be/zFBgCBaFSnk
  • Cut grass weekly, long grass takes more nutrients out of the soil. It is also harder to cut and may leave yellow patches in the lawn.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives.