Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Lettuce

Outside

Alpine poppy

Alyssum

Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, Hollyhock

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Bristly hollyhock

Cabbage

Common hollyhock

Cress

Hollyhock

Larkspur

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Radish

Outside under cover

Lettuce

Sweet pea


Shows and events:

Updated 29/07/2021
Following the UK Government lifting of restrictions in England on 19th July with some restrictions still continuing in Wales and Scotland, some show organisers have been able to confirm that their events are going to go ahead. Others have found that the uncertainty of rising (and falling) infection rates and the length of time it takes to organise an event makes it too unpreditable to proceed so have cancelled their event for this year.

I have checked the 2021 events listed below and have added comments where necessary.

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

17/05/2021 - 26/09/2021

The Garden Museum: The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers  The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers @ The Garden Museum
An exhibition and celebration of Constance Spry, including photographs, sculptures, documents and personal items from the RHS Lindley Library where they were deposited after her death.
- Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers

19/09/2021 - 04/10/2021

British Food & Drink Fortnight  Nationwide food fairs, tastings, restaurant promotions and garden centre special events.
, Nationwide

British Food & Drink Fortnight British Food & Drink Fortnight

19/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

Helmingham Hall Gardens: Autumn Plant Fair with Artisan Market  Autumn Plant Fair with Artisan Market @ Helmingham Hall Gardens
Specialist nurseries, artisan market, plant sales and entertainment.
- Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP41 6EF

Autumn Plant Fair with Artisan Market Autumn Plant Fair with Artisan Market

21/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Rescheduled date Perhaps the most famous and prestigious flower show in the world. It has been held for over 100 years, starting in 1862 and was originally known as the Great Spring Show. It was held at the RHS garden in Kensington, moving to the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in 1913, when it was a three day show. The whole event including the 12,000 sq m Great Pavilion and all of the show gardens are put together in just three weeks (19 days) and dismantled in the 5 days after the show.
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show

24/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Three Counties Showground: Malvern Autumn Show Confirmed going ahead Malvern Autumn Show @ Three Counties Showground
This return of this event promises specialist nurseries, including RHS-award winning growers, RHS flower show displays, giant vegetables and the popular Gin Show in the open-air food and drink village.
- Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW

Malvern Autumn Show Malvern Autumn Show

25/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Three Counties Showground: Malvern Autumn Show Confirmed going ahead Malvern Autumn Show @ Three Counties Showground
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

25/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Audley End House and Garden: Apple Festival Confirmed going ahead Apple Festival @ Audley End House and Garden
Celebrate all things to do with apples. Over 150 apple varieties are grown in the kitchen garden. Experts available to offer tips and tours.
- Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF

Apple Festival Apple Festival

25/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Brogdale Collections: Brogdale Heritage Orchard Days  Brogdale Heritage Orchard Days @ Brogdale Collections
Guided tours of the National Collection, sampling of fruit and juices and ciders.
- Brogdale Road, Brogdale, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ

Brogdale Heritage Orchard Days Brogdale Heritage Orchard Days

25/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Lullingstone Castle: Mexican Celebration Weekend 'Cactus at the Castle'  Mexican Celebration Weekend 'Cactus at the Castle' @ Lullingstone Castle
An event in conjunction with Zone 14 of the British Cactus & Succulent Society. Over 20 plant stalls, Mexican food kitchen and tours of The World Garden
- Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JA

Mexican Celebration Weekend 'Cactus at the Castle' Mexican Celebration Weekend 'Cactus at the Castle'

02/10/2021 - 03/10/2021

Great Dixter: Great Dixter Plant Fair Confirmed going ahead Great Dixter Plant Fair @ Great Dixter
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.
- Northiam, Rye, East Sussex

Great Dixter Plant Fair Great Dixter Plant Fair

09/10/2021 - 10/10/2021

Waterperry Gardens: Not the Apple Weekend  Not the Apple Weekend @ Waterperry Gardens
Despite the heavy frost in spring affecting the apple harvest the show will go on with family day out will still go ahead.
- Waterperry, Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ

Not the Apple Weekend Not the Apple Weekend

16/10/2021 - 16/10/2021

Biddulph Grange Gardens: Autumn Pumpkin Trail  Autumn Pumpkin Trail @ Biddulph Grange Gardens
- Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire

Autumn Pumpkin Trail Autumn Pumpkin Trail

17/10/2021 - 17/10/2021

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: Midland Bonsai Show Confirmed going ahead Midland Bonsai Show @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Midland Bonsai Society will be holding its annual show at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Society will be exhibiting their varied collection of bonsai. Cost of entry to the show is included in the Gardens admission charge. The Gardens are the home of the National Bonsai Collection.
- Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 3TR

Midland Bonsai Show Midland Bonsai Show

17/10/2021 - 17/10/2021

Brogdale Collections: Borgdale Heritage Orchard Days  Borgdale Heritage Orchard Days @ Brogdale Collections
Guided tours of the National Collection, sampling of fruit and juices and ciders.
- Brogdale Road, Brogdale, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ

Borgdale Heritage Orchard Days Borgdale Heritage Orchard Days

23/10/2021 - 23/10/2021

Wightwick Manor and Gardens: Apple Harvest at Wightwick Manor  Apple Harvest at Wightwick Manor @ Wightwick Manor and Gardens
See and sample some of the 52 apple varieties grown in the gardens.
- Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV6 8EE

Apple Harvest at Wightwick Manor Apple Harvest at Wightwick Manor

23/10/2021 - 31/10/2021

Helmingham Hall Gardens: The Helmingham Pumpkin Patch  The Helmingham Pumpkin Patch @ Helmingham Hall Gardens
Pick your own pumpkin or squash from the thousands grown on the pumpkin patch.
- Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP41 6EF

The Helmingham Pumpkin Patch The Helmingham Pumpkin Patch

27/11/2021 - 02/01/2022

Hestercombe House & Gardens: Christmas Garden Trails  Christmas Garden Trails @ Hestercombe House & Gardens
There will be two trails around the Landscape and Formal Gardens.
- Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

Christmas Garden Trails Christmas Garden Trails

27/11/2021 - 02/12/2021

Hestercombe House & Gardens: Christmas Wreath Making Workshop  Christmas Wreath Making Workshop @ Hestercombe House & Gardens
Includes expert tuition, all materials and light refreshments.
- Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

01/03/2022 - 01/03/2022

Hestercombe House & Gardens: National Garden Scheme Open Day  National Garden Scheme Open Day @ Hestercombe House & Gardens
- Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

National Garden Scheme Open Day National Garden Scheme Open Day

22/04/2022 - 24/04/2022

Loseley Park: Loseley Spring Garden Show Rescheduled date Loseley Spring Garden Show @ Loseley Park
A number of nurseries exhibiting and selling their products in the walled garden.
- Guildford GU3 1HS

Loseley Spring Garden Show Loseley Spring Garden Show

30/04/2022 - 08/05/2022

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

Grand Designs Live - Excel Grand Designs Live - Excel

30/04/2022 - 08/05/2022

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

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

01/05/2022 - 02/05/2022

Robin Hood Country Show  Postponed due to Brentwood Centre being used as a vaccination centre.
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

Robin Hood Country Show Robin Hood Country Show

15/05/2022 - 15/05/2022

Alresford Watercress Festival Rescheduled date The May 2020 festival was initially moved to September, unfortunately this has now been cancelled. The 2021 festival has now been moved to a virtual watercress festival. A celebration to mark the start of the watercress season.
Alresford, Hampshire, Hampshire

Alresford Watercress Festival Alresford Watercress Festival

25/06/2022 - 26/06/2022

Woburn Abbey: Woburn Abbey Garden Show  Woburn Abbey Garden Show @ Woburn Abbey
Woburn has been closed for a major refurbishment project therefore the 2021 June garden show has been postponed until 2022.

Woburn Abbey Garden Show Woburn Abbey Garden 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.

  • Apply grease bands to the trunks of apple, pear, cherry and plum trees to stop wingless moths climbing into the trees to lay their eggs. Female codling moths fly, so grease bands are ineffective against them, hang pheromone traps in the trees in the spring to trap the male moths.
  • Put cloches over late autumn lettuce seedlings.
  • Once herbaceous perennials have finished flowering and die back, remove and clean plant supports.
  • Apply manure and dig over heavy soil in the autumn. Don't worry about breaking down large lumps of soil as the winter frost should break these down.
  • Replant bulbs that were lifted in the spring. Dispose of soft or shrivelled bulbs.
  • Reduce the frequency of grass cutting and increase the height of the cut.
  • Hydrangea, poppy and nigela have beautiful seed heads, these should be cut and hung upside down in a shed or garage to dry, for use in dried flower arrangements.
  • Cover ponds with netting to prevent leaves dropping or blowing into the water. Remove dead leaves from waterlilies and cut back dying marginals.
  • Prune blackcurrants, cutting stems that have fruited down to strong new shoots. Reduce number of stems in the centre of the bush.
  • Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs.
  • 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 times 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 to their highest setting, remove the grass collection box and run the mower 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 help 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.