Gardening Tips

Helpful points to see you through the year...

January/February
Pruning/training roses
Take hardwood cuttings
Clip back ivy on castle walls
Re-pot house and greenhouse plants
Gather fallen leaves and compost

March
Cut birch and sally rods for supporting vegetables and flowers
Take root cuttings
Lift chrysanthemums from cold frame and take root cuttings
Pot dahlia tubers and place in greenhouse

April
Dig borders
Harden off chrysanthemums
Plant onions
Stake herbaceous perennials with Birch rods and twigs
Start sowing vegetables and flower seeds
Take cuttings of Maceiana

May
Start to keep on top of weeds
Level ridges for planting/sowing
Sow seeds in biodegradable pots
Start sowing directly into plots
Start planting out dahlias and chrysanthemums
Plant out bedding plants
Mow lawns
Start hedge clipping
Support herbaceous borders with birch rods and wire rings
Planting and supporting sweetpea

June
Continue sowings and potting on all flowers and pricking out vegetables
Plant hanging baskets and troughs
Cut hedges
Water greenhouse
As herbacious plants mature use half moon iron supports
Keep on top of weeds
Planting dhailias

July
Continue sowing, planting out and supporting plants
Weeding
Mow lawns
Trim hedges

August
Watering
Weeding
Clip Boxwood hedges
Take cuttings

September
Take softwood cuttings; propagate heathers
Gather seed for the National Seed Collection
Green manure

October
Finish mowing lawns
Continue planting new plants or transplanting in gardens and nursery
Planting bulbs

November
Lift, dry and box dahlias
Clear vegetables and flowers from walled garden
Start lifting chrysanthemums

December
Manure walled garden and dig up into ridges
Take cuttings