Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Hollyhock

Lettuce

Outside

Broad bean

Outside under cover

Onion


Shows and events:

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

28/11/2019 - 05/01/2020

Cotehele Cotehele Christmas Garland Cotehele Christmas Garland @ Cotehele
Over 32,000 cut flowers that have been grown on the estate are used to create a 60ft garland.
Tamar Valley, Saltash, Cornwall,

Cotehele Christmas Garland

29/11/2019 - 22/12/2019

Westonbirt Arboretum Enchanted Christmas Enchanted Christmas @ Westonbirt Arboretum
Follow the illuminated trail through the arboretum. Weekends only
Tetbury, Glouscestershitre,

Enchanted Christmas

12/12/2019 - 12/12/2019

Hillier Gardens: Christmas Decoration Workshop A one day workshop run by an expert horticulturist using material from the gardens.
Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey

Hillier Gardens: Christmas Decoration Workshop

07/08/2020 - 08/08/2020

Taunton Flower Show
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Flower Show

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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.

  • 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.
  • Choosing a real Christmas tree.
  • 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.
  • Spray fruit trees. When all the leaves have fallen, spray with a winter tree wash, these are now vegetable oil based, as the traditional tar oil washes have been banned. This cleans the branches and kills fungal spores and over-wintering insects and their eggs. Note: Only use on a calm, still day, cover nearby ponds and green leaved plants, and wear suitable protection (gloves, goggles and mask are advised).
  • After all the windy weather check fence posts and panels are still secure and repair as necessary. Make sure that the shed roof is still water tight.
  • Move any planted up pots and containers closer to the house so you can enjoy the colours and textures of the plants through your windows.
  • 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).
  • 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.