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the Gardener's Calendar

bELOW IS A MONTH BY MONTH GUIDE of some of the jobs to do in the garden.

Should you require any further help or general guidance on how to carry out these jobs, please ask any garden centre staff member when you are next in store.

january

dig over the ground and add organic manure ready for planting
prune back soft fruit and trees, remembering to seal wounds to prevent infection
protect tender plants from the heavy frosts
check and service your garden machinery, lawnmowers, greenhouse heaters

february

Continue to dig over borders and add organic manure
sow early vegetable and bedding seeds, providing protection to those that require it
dead head winter bedding plants such as pansies to encourage flowering
plant dahlia tubers and lift and divide snowdrops that are 'in the green'
finish pruning started in january
spray peaches, nectarines and apricots to prevent peach leaf curl
prune roses back hard, and prune back summer flowering climbers

march

prick out and pot on seedlings, sow your next batch of vegetables and summer bedding
plant out sweet peas for early flowering, remember that they are a favourite food for mice!
plant summer flowering bulbs
sow seed potatoes and earth up as they shoot
lightly mow grass if the weather is mild
begin planting trees, shrubs, perennials so they are well rooted by the summer

april

PULL UP SMALL WEEDS NOW BEFORE THE HAVE A CHANCE TO FLOWER AND SPREAD SEED
WATCH OUT FOR PESTS AND DISEASES TO CATCH THEM EARLY
POT UP SUMMER BEDDING PLANTS AND PLANT HANGING BASKETS MAKING SURE TO PROTECT FROM FROSTS
FINISH SOWING ONIONS, POTATOES AND VEGETABLE SEEDS
MOW GRASS REGULARLY, FEEDING MAY ALSO COMMENCE NOW
CONTINUE TO PLANT TREES SHRUBS AND PERENNIALS READY FOR THE SUMMER
START TO SUPPORT PLANTS AND VEGETABLES SUCH AS RUNNER BEANS AS THEY GROW

MAY

watch out for the first signs of pests and disease.
(If you need any advice feel free to ask in store)
After the final frosts have gone, harden off summer hanging baskets and
start to plant out summer bedding.
Ensure, as the weather gets hotter, that your greenhouse is well ventilated and shaded.
This is the perfect time to plant out tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers (don't over water peppers)
Mow grass regularly, but not too short, and less frequently in periods of
expected drought to avoid scorching.
Main planting season for perennials and shrubs, ensure they are watered well whilst establishing themselves.
ensure that summer bedding and vegetables are kept well watered and begin feeding

june

check flower borders and pots for weeds
continue feeding and watering well summer bedding, hanging baskets and vegetables, especially in hot or windy weather.
begin to sow biennial seeds ready for flowering next year.
start feeding tomatoes at the first signs of fruit
continue mowing and feeding the lawn. this is also a good time to use weedkillers on your lawn if required
first early potatoes will amost be ready

July

as the weather gets hotter continue to water well
all of your vegetables and summer bedding.
Increase greenhouse humidity on hot days to help the plants inside by
pouring water onto the floor to evapourate.
Start to cut out the raspberry canes that have fruited.
potatoes and early shallots can be dug up.
ideal Time to take cuttings of perennials including penstemon, pinks
and erysium (perennial wallflowers)

August

Continue to feed, water and weed
START TAKING CUTTINGS OF ANNUALS SUCH AS FUCHSIAS AND GERANIUMS
THAT YOU WISH TO OVER-WINTER
TOWARDS THE END OF AUGUST, (WINTER AND) SPRING FLOWERING BULBS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN STORE READY TO PLANT IN SEPTEMBER
DEADHEAD REGULARLY TO KEEP PERENNIALS AND ANNUALS FLOWERING
DIG UP AND DRY ONIONS AND SHALLOTS
PREPARE VEGETABLE BORDERS FOR WINTER VEGETABLE SOWING/PLANTING OUT

sEPTEMBER

Start to mulch borders for autumn planting
change over summer bedding, for autumn and winter bedding such as pansies,
violas, cyclamen and polyanthus.
plant bare root wallflowers now ready for flowering next year.
september and october are the main planting months for spring flowering bulbs.
check greenhouse heaters are working before the cold weather
and replace summer shading for winter insulation
consider bringing in any frost tender plants that you want to protect
perfect time to lay turf and/or re-seed any lawn patches
divide and replant perennials.
prune back roses and shrubs.
finish harvesting the last of the summers fruit and vegetables and sow winter
vegetables such as aquadulce broad beans

October

rake autumn leaves off of the grass and reuse on borders as a mulch, on place on compost heaps for use next year.
continue replacing bedding and planting spring bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and tulips
take out any fruit canes that fruited this year.
apply greasebands to fruit trees to help prevent damage to the fruit next year.
take the time to clean out and sterilise greenhouses, especially if pests or diseases have been a problem, to help ensure the problem does not over winter.
protect and cover furniture from winter damage.

november

main planting season for bare root plants, such as trees, hedging and roses.
Finish collecting the autumn leaves.
drain and insulate external water pipes to help prevent damage.
aerate the lawn to provide better drainage.
ensure all the plants that require protection against the cold and frost have been protected

december

choose and collect your christmas tree
hang outdoor christmas lights
check greenhouse heaters regularly to ensure they are still working.
when the weather allows take the opportunity to prune hedges and trees.
prevent your pond and/or bird bath from freezing
clear away the last of the leaves
finally...
relax and enjoy christmas!

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