Seeds to plant now:
Indoor or in a heated greenhouse
Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia
Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil
Beet, Beetroot, Chard
Beetroot, Garden beet
Canterbury bell, Cup and saucer
Dianthus / carnation / pink / Sweet William
French bean, fine bean
Ornamental winter kale
Outside under cover
Shows and events:
With the easing of lockdown in parts of the UK from April 12th, some shows and events have now changed dates or been cancelled altogether. 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.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall: Spring & Orchid Show Rescheduled date
Spring & Orchid Show @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
One of the earliest shows in the gardening calendar, showcasing spring flowering plants and orchids from around the world. This exhibition used to be at the RHS halls in London, 2021 sees the show move to RHS Garden Hyde Hall for the first time.
- Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
Three Counties Showground: Midsummer Garden Life Festival Confirmed going ahead
Midsummer Garden Life Festival @ Three Counties Showground
A midsummer garden show featuring show gardens, plants for sale, food, drink, entertainment and theatre.
- Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
RHS Garden Harlow Carr: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Summer Garden Show Confirmed going ahead
RHS Garden Harlow Carr Summer Garden Show @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Specialist local nurseries will be in attendance selling a wide range of plants.
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
Devon County Show Confirmed going ahead
A traditional country show, celebrating all things Devon.
Devon County Show, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ
Hampton Court Palace: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Confirmed going ahead
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.
Norfolk Showground: The Norfolk Garden Show Confirmed going ahead
The Norfolk Garden Show @ Norfolk Showground
A new for 2021 three day gardening event at the Norfolk Showground. The event will showcase the very best plantsmen, gardening exhibitors, traditional gardens and unique garden furniture, home products with a food & drink court and crafts & gifts pavilion.
- Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich NR5 0TT
Tatton Park: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Confirmed going ahead
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park @ Tatton Park
- Knutsford, Cheshire
Mid Devon Show Confirmed going ahead
A county show with a mix of horticulture, agriculture, entertainment, shopping, music and farm life.
Knightshayes, Chettiscombe, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PP
Newbury Garden Show Rescheduled date
Celebrating the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle.
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ
North Devon Show Now cancelled
A traditional one day agricultural show celebrating rural Devon life.
Umberleigh Barton Farm, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DX
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.
- Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
Taunton Flower Show Confirmed going ahead
Organisers of Taunton Flower Show decided to move the flower show to August, due to the uncertainties caused by the corona virus.
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
Jekka's Herbetum: Jekka's Herbetum Open Day Confirmed going ahead
Jekka's Herbetum Open Day @ Jekka's Herbetum
- Jekka's, Shellards Lane, Alveston, Gloucestershire
Great Comp Garden: The Great Comp Summer Show Confirmed going ahead
The Great Comp Summer Show @ Great Comp Garden
A popular gardening event featuring specialist nurseries, gardening suppliers and a local jazz ensemble playing whilst you browse.
- Garden Comp Lane, Platt, Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8QS
RHS Garden Rosemoor: RHS Rosemoor Flower Show
RHS Rosemoor Flower Show @ RHS Garden Rosemoor
2017 was RHS Rosemoor's first ever flower show, now in it's forth year it's back bigger and better with large floral displays, trade stands, garden advice and live music.
- Nr. Great Torrington, Devon
Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show Confirmed going ahead
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
Southport Flower Show Now cancelled
Unfortunately the show has had to be cancelled for the second year in a row. The UK's largest independent flower show with over 300 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors in 4 days.
Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival Now cancelled
Over 250 trade stalls showing and selling garlic and other local produce.
Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LU
The NEC: BBC Gardeners' World Live Rescheduled date
BBC Gardeners' World Live @ The NEC
Show gardens, gardening advice, demonstrations and the chance to buy plants! Run in conjunction with BBC Good Food Show Summer.
- North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT
The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show Rescheduled date
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
Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show
A traditional county show.
Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL
The Newark Garden Show Rescheduled date
The Newark Garden Show is a three day event, celebrating the best of gardening and the great outdoors.
Newark Showground, Lincoln Rd, Coddington, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY
Chatsworth Country Fair Confirmed going ahead
Held in Chatsworth Park the Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the most spectacular annual outdoor events.
Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Moreton-in-March Show Confirmed going ahead
One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.
Moreton-in-Marsh Showground, Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0AB, Gloucestershire
RHS Garden Wisley: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
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.
- Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Exhibition: The Leaves of the Tree
The Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns this year where is will be transformed by spectacular floral flower displays.
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, SO23 9LS
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 Pavillion 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
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
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.
Robin Hood Country Show
Postponed due to Brentwood Centre being used as a vaccination centre.
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
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
All event details have been entered as accurately as possible, but please check with the event organisers before travelling to avoid disappointment.
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.
- 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.
- Tender herbs such as basil can be planted out in the garden now. Protect basil from slugs and snails.
- 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.
- Plant up hanging baskets. More information available here.
- 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.
- We have probably now seen the last of the frosts. Summer bedding plants can safely be brought outside from the greenhouse or purchased from the Garden Centre.
- 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.
- Plant tender perennials including pentstemons and salvias.
- Depending on recent weather conditions and daytime temperature, gooseberries should now be ready to be picked.
- Tomato plants can be moved outside. If growing them as 'cordons' nip out the side shoots
- 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.
- Buy plants in strips or trays that are compact and sturdy, the compost that they are growing in should be moist. Try to buy plants in bud, with few open blooms.
- Stake and tie perennials to prevent them being broken by wind and rain. Remove fading delphinium flowers to encourage a second flowering.
- Paint shading on the greenhouse glass, or use shading to lessen the scorching effect of the sun and to keep temperatures lower.
- 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.
- Pinch out the growing tips of annuals and some perennials to create a stockier plant and to encourage more flowers More information here.
- Sow hardy annuals in their flowering positions to fill any gaps in the border.
- Check gooseberries for sawfly. Prune this year's growth back to 4-5 leaves (this shouldn't affect fruit as they appear on old wood).
- Remove spring bedding plants and lift and store spring flowering bulbs (with the exception of snowdrops).
- Trim hedges to encourage the branches to thicken up and to keep them neat and tidy.
- 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.
- Propagate marginal pond plants. Take short cuttings, remove lower leaves and push stems into pots of mud. Keep top of the pots just under the surface of the water.
- Lots of tender plants can be grown outside in containers between May and September as long as the pot is big enough and they get enough water and the occasional feed.
- 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.
- UKGardening YouTube Channel
- YouTube: Propagating snowdrops (Galanthus) by bulb division
- Sowing seeds
- Chitting and growing potatoes
- Care of Hippeastrum/Amaryllis after flowering
- Cleaning patios, paths and decking
- Making leaf mould
- Creating a compost heap
- Removing large branches
- Updated photo gallery
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