Seeds to sow now:
Indoor or in a heated greenhouse
Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia
Floss flower, Ageratum
Swiss chard, Ruby chard, Rhubard chard
Outside under cover
Shows and events:
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.
Burghley House: Sculpture Garden Exhibition
Sculpture Garden Exhibition @ Burghley House
- Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY
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
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
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
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Vintage vehicles, steam engines, flying displays and country crafts.
Abingdon Airfield, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
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
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
Ragley Hall: The ARB Show
The ARB Show @ Ragley Hall
Trade show for Arboriculturalists and tree care professionals.
- Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5NJ
Three Counties Showground: Malvern Autumn Show
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
Arundel Castle and Gardens: Plant Fair
Plant Fair @ Arundel Castle and Gardens
- Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB
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
National Honey Show
Sales, exhibitions and judging of honey and bee produce.
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ
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.
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 purchasing.
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 sometimes called the lasagne method. Put larger bulbs like tulip and daffodil in first, medium sized bulbs next, finishing off with the smallest bulbs or corms.
Tulip bulbs are planted in the first two weeks of November, which is slightly later than other spring-flowering bulbs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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, watering daily in dry weather or where baskets and containers are close to the house and may be in a 'rain shadow'. Removing fading and dead flower heads from plants will encourage new flowers to form and bloom. Feed plants in containers weekly with a liquid fertiliser, particularly if a slow release fertiliser wasn't mixed with the potting compost when planting up the baskets and containers.
- If you are going away on holiday, prepare your garden a few days before you leave. Water all shrubs well, including roses and climbers, and lay a 50-75mm (2-3in) thick mulch around the base of the stems, to keep the roots cool.
If you are fortunate enough to have a neighbour willing to water your baskets, greenhouse and borders, make the task easier by unravelling and connecting up the hose and leaving filled watering cans in accessible places around the garden.
If you don't want your neighbour to come into your house, whilst you are away, move any houseplants outside so they can be watered, any orchids, cacti or succulents should be fine left indoors without water for a couple of weeks.
If you don't have anyone to check on your plants, put all of your pots (including house plants), containers and hanging baskets (to stop them tipping over, sit them on large, empty flower pots) on the patio or lawn. Put the lawn sprinkler or sled sprinkler bar between them, 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 to 15 minutes each time should suffice). Test the settings and batteries before you go away.
- 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.
- How to lay a new lawn
- Creating a compost heap
- UKGardening YouTube Channel
- Removing large branches
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