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

Cauliflower

Lettuce


Shows and events:

Update 18/03/2020
Following the recent Government advice about public gatherings, a number of garden shows have been cancelled or scaled back.

Perhaps we can spend what we would have spent on show admission on a plant order and support a local or online plant nursery/grower/garden centre and have a private garden show in our own garden.
I'll try to keep this list up to date as the situation changes. Regards Nick.

17/07/2020 - 09/08/2020

Big Butterfly Count  Spend 15 minutes identifing and counting butterflies to help Butterfly Conservation understand how environmental changes affect butterfly population.
Nationwide

Big Butterfly Count Big Butterfly Count

02/08/2020 - 15/08/2020

Michelham Priory & Gardens: Michelham Priory & Gardens Contemporary Craft Show Virtual event Michelham Priory & Gardens Contemporary Craft Show @ Michelham Priory & Gardens
Meet the artisan designers and makers and watch them at work.
Upper Dicker, East Sussex,

Michelham Priory & Gardens Contemporary Craft Show Michelham Priory & Gardens Contemporary Craft Show

07/08/2020 - 09/08/2020

West Dean House and Gardens: West Dean Chilli Fiesta Now cancelled West Dean Chilli Fiesta @ West Dean House and Gardens
Running since 1995, the West Dean Chilli Fiesta is a must summer visit for chilli lovers. Gardening and cookery demonstrations, outdoor cinema and spicy food from around the world.
Nr. Chichester, W. Sussex,

West Dean Chilli Fiesta West Dean Chilli Fiesta

08/08/2020 - 16/08/2020

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival Virtual event Over 100 scarecrows made by the villagers of Kettlewell are displayed in gardens, open spaces and in hidden corners of the village. Visitors are invited to walk along the 'Scarecrow trail' to find clues to help solve the themed puzzle.
Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QZ

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

10/08/2020 - 16/08/2020

National Allotment Week  A series of events across the country showcasing the importance of allotments to people giving those that don't necessarily have access to a garden to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Nationwide

National Allotment Week National Allotment Week

14/08/2020 - 15/08/2020

Shrewsbury Flower Show Virtual event The World's longest running flower show takes place on a bend in the River Severn. Gardening, cooking, show jumping and live music.
The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Flower Show Shrewsbury Flower Show

20/08/2020 - 23/08/2020

BBC Countryfile Live Now cancelled A country fair with family fun, events, demonstrations, food and refreshments.
Windsor Great Park

BBC Countryfile Live BBC Countryfile Live

20/08/2020 - 23/08/2020

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

Southport Flower Show Southport Flower Show

03/09/2020 - 05/09/2020

Chatsworth Counrty Fair Now cancelled Held in the Chatsworth Park the Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the most spectacular annual outdoor events.
Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Chatsworth Counrty Fair Chatsworth Counrty Fair

04/09/2020 - 05/09/2020

Jekka's Herbetum: Jekka's Herbetum Open Day  Jekka's Herbetum Open Day @ Jekka's Herbetum

Jekka's, Shellards Lane, Alveston, Gloucestershire,

Jekka's Herbetum Open Day Jekka's Herbetum Open Day

05/09/2020 - 05/09/2020

Alresford Show Now cancelled A traditional agricultural show in the Hampshire countryside
Tichborne, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0PN

Alresford Show Alresford Show

10/09/2020 - 15/09/2020

Hampton Court Palace: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Now cancelled 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 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

11/09/2020 - 13/09/2020

The National Flower Show Now cancelled A three day event in Hylands House and surrounding gardens, celebrating the best in gardening.
Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

The National Flower Show The National Flower Show

26/09/2020 - 27/09/2020

Malvern Autumn Show Now cancelled 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 Malvern Autumn Show

17/10/2020 - 18/10/2020

The National Country Show Live Rescheduled date The National Country Show Live.
Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8FS

The National Country Show Live The National Country Show Live

02/05/2021 - 03/05/2021

Robin Hood Country Show Rescheduled date Robin Hood Country Show.
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

Robin Hood Country Show Robin Hood Country Show

23/05/2021 - 23/05/2021

Alresford Watercress Festival Rescheduled date The May 2020 festival was initially moved to September, unfortunately this has now been cancelled. A celebration to mark the start of the watercress season.
Alresford, Hampshire, Hampshire

Alresford Watercress Festival Alresford Watercress Festival

05/06/2021 - 05/06/2021

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show  A festival of agriculture entertainment and food & drink. The Royal Bath and West show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in England. Taking place over 4 days.
The Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show

06/08/2021 - 07/08/2021

Taunton Flower Show  Organisers of Taunton Flower Show have decided not to hold a show in 2020 due to the uncertainties caused by the corona virus situation. The show's directors announced that they have decided to focus their efforts on making next year's event the biggest celebratory garden party the town has seen for years.
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Flower Show Taunton Flower Show

15/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show  The one day agricultural show is a great family day out. Craft stalls, livestock displays, dog shows and cheese tasting.
Shepton Mallet Showground, Cannard's Grave Road, Somerset

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show

21/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival  Over 250 trade stalls showing and selling garlic and other local produce.
Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LU

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

29/08/2021 - 30/08/2021

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show  A traditional county show.
Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural 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.

  • Lift marrows, pumpkins and squashes off the ground with straw or upturned plastic flower pots, in order to help 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.
  • Remove weak growth from autumn fruiting raspberries.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives.