Pruning in January

In order to really keep on top of your garden, you need to be outdoors pruning every month of the year to take proper care of all the different plants. There's no exception to January, and the fact your garden is now at its most dormant means it's ideal to catch up on any areas … Continued

Getting your garden ready for Christmas

Ok, the secret's out – there really isn't much longer to wait until Christmas descends upon us all. With the first doors of the advent calendar now open, it's only a matter of time before the tree goes up, the decorations come out and your home is turned into an all-guns-blazing winter wonderland. However, one … Continued

Gardening jobs for December

Think that with winter on its way, the weather taking a turn for the worse and temperatures plummeting that it's time to put your feet up as far as the garden's concerned? Think again! For the 12th month of the year there's still plenty you can be getting on with to make sure that your … Continued

Time to clear the leaves – and get composting

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Strong winds and rain over the last few days have really sent to leaves skittering through the air and made a mess of neat flower beds and drives. But they do need to be cleared away and once you’ve made your mind up to get on with the job there are loads of modern garden … Continued

Mulching to protect your soil

As autumn begins to draw to a close, gardeners will be focusing on preparing their plots for the winter months and ensuring conditions are ideal for next year's projects. Making sure your soil remains in the best possible shape is one way of ensuring you get off to a good start next spring. If you … Continued

November gardening jobs

The first chill winds have finally begun to blow across the UK, heralding the arrival of more wintry weather as we begin the month of November. It's certainly overdue, as temperatures have remained above average during September and October. However, now that colder conditions are finally here, you'll need to start preparing your garden for … Continued

Gardening in October

September has been an excellent month for gardeners, with a great deal of fine, dry weather providing the perfect opportunity to get out and about and do some jobs – in fact, many of us have probably acquired a bit of a suntan! All parents know that as soon as their children go back to … Continued

Cleaning your greenhouse

One of the tasks you should think about this month is cleaning your greenhouse. Doing so will help to ensure pests don’t take up residence there over the winter. You should make sure you set aside a calm, dry day to carry out the task – hopefully, there’ll be a few of these around in … Continued

Time to tackle the first fall of autumn leaves

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
We may well be enjoying an Indian summer at the moment but the first few leaves have started fluttering down signalling the start of autumn. Leaves if left on flower beds and lawns will stop moisture and nutrients getting into the soil and will leave the lawn discoloured if left for any length of time, … Continued

September gardening jobs

August came to an end on a rather underwhelming note, with wet weather and below-average temperatures affecting many parts of the UK on bank holiday Monday – although, thankfully, there were spells of nicer weather during the rest of the weekend. September looks to be getting off to a more positive start, with clearer skies … Continued