Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Lettuce

Outside

Alpine poppy

Alyssum

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Cabbage

Cress

Hollyhock

Larkspur

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Radish

Outside under cover

Lettuce

Sweet pea


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

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

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Now is a good time to move herbaceous plants (like hosta) as they aren't growing at the moment. Add organic material to the planting hole.
  • Keep picking dahlia flowers, don't dig up the tuber until we get the first frost and the leaves turn black. Then you can lift the tubers and store them over winter.
  • After flowering, dead-head gladioli.
  • Now is an ideal time to sow grass seed. Dig over the soil, removing all large stones and weeds, rake it level, sow seed lightly and evenly. Keep off the seedlings until they have reached 10cm when it can be mown.
  • Airate, scarify and top dress lawns, to remove moss, dead grass and encourage healthy grass next season. Now is an ideal time to sow or lay a new lawn, while the soil is still warm. Repair worn patches in the lawn with an equal mix of grass seed and compost. Cover with light netting or twigs to keep of animals and remind you where you've sown. When weeding the grass out of my path, I've often transplanted the little clumps to bare patches in the lawn. Top dressing is the application of an autumn feed, which will encourage a strong root growth, whereas a spring lawn feed is high in nitrogen and promoted leaf growth.
  • Plant shrubs and trees whilst the soil is still warm but plants are less likely to be dried out by the sun.
  • Continue to water and dead-head hanging baskets, pots and planters, but reduce feeding.
  • Prune shrubs cutting out dead, diseased, dying or crossing branches.
  • Clip hedges, including box, yew, laurel and beech. Note. If your trees or shrubs carry berries, like verbena, holly or firethorn, leave the pruning of these until the spring, so garden birds have a food source over the winter.
  • Cut down any wild flower patches or rough grass areas using a rotary mower set on its highest setting for the first cut, lowering the blades for subsequent cuts. Remove the clippings and put them on the compost heap, wild flowers typically like poor soil, leaving the clippings will enrich the soil and thus make it harder for the wild flowers to compete with grasses.
  • Plant up hyacinths for an indoor winter flower display. If you want flowers for Christmas buy and plant up prepared bulbs.
  • Check the readiness of fruit and vegetables. Apples and pears should be gently lifted with the hand, if the stalk remains on the fruit but parts easily from the tree, it is ready to be picked.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Collect and dispose of wind-fall fruit. Leaving them on the ground encourages pests and can damage your lawn.