Seeds to sow now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Ornamental pepper

Outside

Alpine wallflower

Alyssum

Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil

Beet, Beetroot, Chard

Beetroot, Garden beet

Cabbage

Canterbury bell, Cup and saucer

Carrot

Common wallflower

Cress

Double daisy

Foxglove

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Onion

Pansy

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Sweet William

Turnip


Shows and events:

Update 12/04/2022
I have checked the 2022 events listed below and have added comments where necessary. Please check the show website before travelling, some events may have Covid restrictions in place, others might have to be cancelled at the last minute.

I'll try to keep this list up to date as the situation changes. Regards Nick.

01/04/2022 - 30/10/2022

Burghley House: Sculpture Garden Exhibition  Sculpture Garden Exhibition @ Burghley House
- Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY

Sculpture Garden Exhibition Sculpture Garden Exhibition

04/07/2022 - 09/07/2022

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. Lots of large and smaller show gardens and marquees displaying flowers, plants and fruit. A whole marquee is dedicated for the 'Festival of roses'. 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.
- East Molesey, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

10/07/2022 - 10/07/2022

Winterbourne House & Garden: Rare Plant Fair  Rare Plant Fair @ Winterbourne House & Garden
Specialist Plant Fairs in Unique Gardens
- University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2RT

Rare Plant Fair Rare Plant Fair

14/07/2022 - 15/07/2022

RHS Garden Harlow Carr: Sweet Pea Weekend  Sweet Pea Weekend @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The National Sweet Pea Society are participating in the Sweet Pea weekend at RHS Harlow Carr.
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

Sweet Pea Weekend Sweet Pea Weekend

20/07/2022 - 24/07/2022

Tatton Park: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park  RHS Flower Show Tatton Park @ Tatton Park
- Knutsford, Cheshire

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

29/07/2022 - 31/07/2022

Ragley Hall: The Game Fair  The Game Fair @ Ragley Hall
One of the World's largest game fairs. Celebrating British country life. Displays of archery, falconry, fishing, traditional crafts, clay shooting and gun dog handling. The show also includes food, drink, produce and lifestyle sales stalls.
- Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5NJ

The Game Fair The Game Fair

03/08/2022 - 07/08/2022

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show  RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A five day flower show set in the grounds of RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Specialist plant nurseries, garden help, tips and advice, live music as well as refreshments.
- Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

18/08/2022 - 21/08/2022

Southport Flower Show Confirmed going ahead The UK's largest independent flower show with over 300 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors in 4 days.
Victoria Park, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 2BZ

Southport Flower Show Southport Flower Show

04/09/2022 - 07/09/2022

The NEC: Autumn Fair Confirmed going ahead Autumn Fair @ The NEC
A wholesale home, gift and fashion exhibition for shops and retailers.
- North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT

Autumn Fair Autumn Fair

06/09/2022 - 11/09/2022

RHS Garden Wisley: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show Confirmed going ahead RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show @ RHS Garden Wisley
Six day flower show featuring nurseries and garden trade suppliers. Including the National Dahlia Society Show, NAFAS floral displays and the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail. Pre-booking required
- Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

10/09/2022 - 10/09/2022

Abingdon Air & Country Show  Vintage vehicles, steam engines, flying displays and country crafts.
Abingdon Airfield, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Abingdon Air & Country Show Abingdon Air & Country Show

10/09/2022 - 11/09/2022

Winterbourne House & Garden: Brimingham Honey Show  Brimingham Honey Show @ Winterbourne House & Garden
All things bees and honey to celebrate Heritage Open Days 'Edible England'. Meet beekeepers and buy local honey. In collaboration with Birmingham Bee Keepers
- University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2RT

Brimingham Honey Show Brimingham Honey Show

16/09/2022 - 18/09/2022

Newby Hall & Gardens: Harrogate Autumn Flower Show  Harrogate Autumn Flower Show @ Newby Hall & Gardens
A 3 day flower show celebrating autumn flowering plants and hosting of the Northern Championships of the National Vegetable Society. Stalls selling plants, garden equipment, food and dring.
- Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AE

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

22/09/2022 - 24/09/2022

Ragley Hall: The ARB Show  The ARB Show @ Ragley Hall
Trade show for Arboriculturalists and tree care professionals.
- Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5NJ

The ARB Show The ARB Show

25/09/2022 - 25/09/2022

Arundel Castle and Gardens: Plant Fair   Plant Fair  @ Arundel Castle and Gardens
- Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

Plant Fair  Plant Fair 

05/10/2022 - 09/10/2022

Grand Designs Live - The NEC  Home and garden show based on the Channel 4 TV series of the same name, hosted by Kevin McCloud.
The NEC, Birmingham

Grand Designs Live - The NEC Grand Designs Live - The NEC

27/10/2022 - 29/10/2022

National Honey Show  Sales, exhibitions and judging of honey and bee produce.
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

National Honey Show National Honey 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.

  • 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
  • Hydrangea flowers will fade quickly in the sun, if you are growing them in pots move them to a shady area of the garden.
  • Sink pots of compost among strawberry plants and pin root runners into them.
  • Cut back the sideshoots by half of any trained fruit trees.
  • Pinch out the tips of broad beans to discourage blackfly.
  • Feed container grown fruit trees with a liquid potash fertiliser
  • Keep an eye out for clematis wilt, cut out any affected parts and burn or put the trimmings in the bin.
  • Continue to earth up potatoes, to stop the tubers being exposed to light, turning green.
  • 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.
  • Flag Iris leaves will start to droop now that they have finished flowering. Lift and divide the clumps.
  • Check shrubs reguraly for aphids, treat with a soap or chemical spray.
  • Pick strawberries as soon as they are ripe, left on the plant they will over ripen, rot and encourage pests and diseases.
  • Lift old strawberry plants before planting with new stock. Burning or disposing of the old plants, rather than putting them in the compost bin, will help prevent any disease and viruses from spreading.
  • Summer prune apple trees to encourage swelling of the fruit.
  • 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.
  • Apple and pear trees will shed some fruit, this is known as the 'June drop'. This is quite natural, it's the trees way of restricting the amount of fruit that develop.
  • Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
  • Depending on recent weather conditions and daytime temperature, gooseberries should now be ready to be picked.
  • 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
  • Cover strawberries and fruit bushes with netting to protect them from birds. Start to feed the plants weekly when the fruit starts to form.
  • Stake and tie perennials to prevent them being broken by wind and rain. Remove fading delphinium flowers to encourage a second flowering.
  • Check the ties on climbers, flower stems and standard roses - the tops of plants can get very heavy when in full bloom or when wet.
  • Take soft wood cuttings from thyme. Thyme cuttings take easily, so they can be stuck in the soil or in pots. Remember that thyme likes full sun and hates to be grown in the shade.
  • The adult vine weevil, the number one garden pest, will be emerging from the soil as the temperatures rise.
  • Protect plants from slugs and snails with slug pellets, course grit or traps. Alternatively try to encourage birds, hedgehogs and frogs to your garden - all prey on slugs and snails. More suggestions to reduce slug and snail damage.
  • Regularly water trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. Their roots won't have had a chance to fully develop yet.
  • 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.
  • Apply a weed and feed to established lawns. Water in with a hose after a few days if it hasn't rained.
  • Feed established roses, fortnightly, with a rose fertilizer, dead-head regularly and check for aphids and black spot.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives.
  • Weed and spread compost from the compost bin over the borders and vegetable patch. This adds valuable nutrients to the soil and acts as a mulch, to retain moisture and reduce weed growth. Ensure that the soil is moist before adding mulch.
  • 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.
  • Raspberries: Remove older canes that carried fruit last year but keep one year old canes that will carry this year's crop.
  • Why not make a New Year's resolution to tidy the garden. There's no time like the present.