Seeds to plant 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

Cress

dianthus / carnation / pink / Sweet William

Double daisy

foxglove

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Onion

Pansy

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Turnip

Wallflower

Outside


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.

22/07/2020 - 26/07/2020

Tatton Park: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park  Now cancelled RHS Flower Show Tatton Park @ Tatton Park

Knutsford, Cheshire,
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

07/08/2020 - 08/08/2020

Taunton Flower Show  Now cancelled Taunton Flower Show.
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset
Taunton Flower Show Taunton Flower Show

15/08/2020 - 16/08/2020

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

20/09/2020 - 20/09/2020

Alresford Watercress Festival  Now cancelled A celebration to mark the start of the watercress season.
Alresford, Hampshire, Hampshire
Alresford Watercress Festival Alresford Watercress Festival

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

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

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.

  • 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.
  • It’s time to lift and divide bearded irises. Replant rhizomes so they are sitting on the top of the soil surface.
  • 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
  • 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 vegtable 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.