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This is our calendar of things to do in your garden each month. Scroll to the month we're in for some handy tips and seasonal inspiration.

 

January

Usually a frosty month and this January is no exception. Wrap up warm and enjoy a bracing day outside as you tackle this month's suggested activities... It is worth looking back at December's suggestions too (below) as many apply to January, especially weather related items such as checking your greenhouse heating and protecting your plants from frost.

Keep your paths safe by salting and clearing them of snow or ice often

Recycle your Christmas tree

Check the stakes on any young trees are supportive and will withstand strong winds

Store your seeds well - an airtight container is ideal

Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season

Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds

Take root cuttings of perennials of verbascum, phlox, acanthus and eryngium

Repair and reshape lawn edges

Prune gooseberries, apple trees, pear trees and red and white currants. 

February

February is certainly cold but it does give us some clues that Spring is on the way. Make the most of time you do get to spend outdoors by taking us up on some of our suggested activities this month…

Temperatures are on the up so continue to take care of any wildlife that visits you, from hungry garden birds to shy hedgehogs. However you must net your fruit and veg crops to protect them from your visitors.

It’s time to prune shrubs such as Wisteria, Yellow Winter Jasmine and other winter flowering plants. Also cut back hardy hedges and climbers.

Start to sow some vegetables such as garlic, early peas and broad beans but protect them from continuing frosts by using a greenhouse or sowing them indoors or undercover. You can also consider planting shallots and onion sets.

Start sowing bedding plants such as violas and pansies in a heated propagator and transplant after 4-6 weeks.

Prune Autumn fruiting raspberries now.

Don't be lulled into a false sense of security if we start to enjoy some brighter days - always protect any work you invest in now against the inevitable bursts of cold weather. 

March

It certainly feels as though spring is in the air and the longer, brighter days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks.

It's time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up to get your outdoor space ready for action! 

This month, think about... 

Planting shallots, onion sets and early potatoes

Protecting new spring shoots from slugs

Planting summer-flowering bulbs

Lifting and dividing overgrown clumps of perennials

Top dressing containers with fresh compost 

Mowing the lawn on dry days (if needed)

Cutting back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems

Weeding! Weeds will start to grow again now - deal with them before they get out of hand 

April

We have our fingers and toes crossed for better weather this month so we can all get outdoors and prepare for some sunshine. Here are some ideas for April...

Get planting: Camellia, Rhododendron, Magnolia, Clematis, hardy shrubs and perennials.

Be inspired: Look for great ideas to get your garden springing back into life.

Order garden furniture: Come and see our range of good quality furniture. Speak to Conroy or Peter about your options and to arrange free local delivery.


May

Sunnier days during May means that summer is finally approaching! Here are some tips for the garden this month….

Watch out for late frosts: Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by warmer days. Keep sheets of fleece handy to throw over tender plants at night.

Mow lawns weekly: Your lawns will be loving the warmer temperatures so regular mowing is needed.

Look out for pests: Protect your plants by controlling harmful insects such as greenfly and slugs with pesticides and pellets.

Plant summer bedding: Start to do this at the end of the month avoiding cold areas of the garden.

Sow crops: Lots of crops can be planted during May including beetroot, broccoli, sprouts, summer and savoy cabbage turnips and lettuce.

June

Extra light and warmth this month will mean extra bursts of growth in your garden. Here are some ideas for June….

Get planting: June is the month to plant out your summer bedding. Plant up pots and containers to add extra colour. Remember you can move these around to make the most of sunny and shady spots in your garden.

Start weeding: Weeds will start to appear everywhere thanks to the warmer weather. Hoe borders regularly to keep them under control.

Dead head: Remove dead foliage from spring flowering bulbs and hanging baskets.

Support tall plants: Stake tall flowers, floppy plants and climbers to prevent wind damage.

Get watering: Ensure your water your plants regularly either in the morning or early evening to avoid leaf scorch or evaporation.

Harvest fruits: Early strawberries and gooseberries can be harvested from June onwards if they look ripe and ready.

JULY

July can be one of the hottest months of the year and the perfect time to sit out in the garden and enjoy your hard work. Here are some ideas for keeping your plants at their best…

Water water everywhere… keep your garden well watered through the warmer weather. Water your patio containers and baskets thoroughly every day. We have a good selection of Hozelock products to help.

Keep new plants thriving: Deadhead by snipping off any faded flowers. Hoe borders to remove any new weeds. Keep your flowers coming with a weekly feed of Tomorite.

Hanging basket care: Baskets can dry out very quickly and require watering up to twice a day in hot weather. As well as dead-heading flowers, feed them with a multi-purpose plant food once a week.
 
Start pruning: Remove dead branches from summer flowering shrubs and prune the flowers for shape. Prune summer flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus, Choisya, Escallonia and Deutzias once flowers have finished.

Care for your lawn: Use Verdone lawn weedkiller to keep weeds such as dandelions and clover at bay. Use Westland’s Aftercut to keep your lawn green and healthy. Water if dry weather continues – We stock the Hozelock rectangular lawn sprinkler.

Enjoy home grown produce: July is a peak month to harvest many fruits and vegetables including strawberries, raspberries, new potatoes, spring onions and tomatoes.

Patio clean: Whilst the weather is warmer, take advantage of outdoor time by giving your patio a makeover, perfect for summer barbecues

Roses: Feed now with a high potash feed such as Tomorite to promote flowers. Keep on the watch for black spot and spray every couple of weeks with Roseclear. We have a large selection of roses all looking fantastic from miniature patio roses to rampant ramblers as well as a good selection of the wonderfully fragranced David Austin roses.
 
Summer perennials:
Now is the ideal time to fill in the gaps in your borders with these colourful plants that come back every year. We have a large selection to choose from, all looking at their best.

AUGUST

Don't forget the importance of watering your garden in August, especially if you are going away on holiday. Don't undo all your hard work by neglecting your plants for a few days.

Watering: This month, take special care with watering your containers and tomatoes. Even if it rains, the leaves may act as a shelter to the container. If you are going away, move pots into a shady area and ask a friendly neighbour to take over watering duties (you could always reward them with a Pacific gift voucher!).
 
Weeding: Continue to remove weeds and dead leaves from around plants. Weeds rob your plants of water and house harmful insects and diseases.

Dead head: Removing any faded flowers from your plants will prolong flowering throughout the summer months. If you leave the dead flowers in place, your plants think their job is done!
 
Lawn care: Care of the lawn this month will depend on the weather. If it has been hot and dry, there won't be much new growth, so preserve what moisture there is by setting the blades high on your mower and leaving the clippings on your lawn. Don’t worry if your grass is brown, it will come back to life when the wetter weather returns.
 
Continue to harvest: Courgettes, runner beans and sweetcorn are just a few of the vegetables that will be ready this month. Many will need harvesting every couple of days to prevent them becoming too large.

September

Divide herbaceous perennials

Pick autumn raspberries

Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals

Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them

Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway

Keep up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible

Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering

Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for use in the autumn

Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting

Plant spring flowering bulbs

October

Clear up fallen autumn leaves regularly

Cut back perennials that have died down

Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns

Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into the greenhouse

Plant out spring cabbages

Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts

Prune climbing roses

Order seeds for next year

Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas

Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf

November

Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds

Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging

Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year

Prune roses to prevent wind-rock

Plant out winter bedding

Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem

Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubblewrap works well

Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks

Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden

Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting

 
December

December in the UK is mostly a cold month with frosty starts and dark days but we do also get bright, fresh days when a few hours in the garden is a refreshing, productive time. There are always jobs to do, all year round. As well as practical tasks, you could also spend some time planning ahead for next year and browsing through the seed catalogues.

Here are just a few things we recommend for the December gardener.

Check your greenhouse heaters are working OK

Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing

Prune open-grown apples and pears, acers, birches, vinesa and climbing roses

Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops

Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted

Take hardwood cuttings

Reduce watering of houseplants

Keep lawns, borders and paths clear of fallen leaves

Dig over new borders

Plant evergreen shrubs if conditions are dry

Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs

Net your pond to keep the water clear of leaves

Gather up any fallen leaves

Lift & divide established clumps of rhubarb

Use fleece to protect growth in your allotment from frost

Think about the pathways in your garden - lay new ones or replace if required

Keep your poinsettia in a draught-free spot where it will not get cold

Generally December is a month when you can also set yourself some more practical tasks such as organising your shed, repairing any tools that need your attention, ensuring structures and greenhouses are all safe and secure as well as general clearing and tidying.

Enjoy your gardening this month.