Gardening advice for every month of the year

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Tips and advice on what you could do in your garden or at your allotment for every month of the year.

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Protecting your Plants from Slugs and Snails - Pumpkin Beth

Protecting your Plants from Slugs and Snails - Pumpkin Beth

Protecting your plants from Slugs and Snails For many gardeners, the slug and snail population seemed to explode in 2016, with many fraught and distressed gardeners asking for my advice on the best way to protect their plants from slugs and snails. I am strongly opposed to slug pellets. I wouldn’t wish to kill any of the slugs or snails in my garden, as I believe a healthy eco system is important. Snail shells are very beautiful. I don’t kill any of the slugs or snails in my garden. I…

I hate slug pellets, I would never use them, not even the organic kind, slug pellets are incredibly detrimental to wild life killing lovely hedgehogs (a natural predator of slugs and snails) in a horrid, drawn-out and painful way. If like me, you want to want to protect our wildlife and help preserve the natural balance of nature, …

Slug Off! - Pumpkin Beth

I hate slug pellets, I would never use them, not even the organic kind, slug pellets are incredibly detrimental to wild life killing lovely hedgehogs (a natural predator of slugs and snails) in a horrid, drawn-out and painful way. If like me, you want to want to protect our wildlife and help preserve the natural balance of nature, there are many ways you can protect your precious plants from slugs and snails. Slugs and snails are fleshy, succulent beings, they have a protective slimy layer…

We’re fortunate to benefit from so many beautiful, important and historic gardens being open for us to enjoy in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.  We can be inspired by spectacular plant collections, see rare and exotic plants, enjoy beautiful landscapes and learn more about how amazing plants are, without travelling very far at all! One …

Enjoy Being A Friend - Pumpkin Beth

Gardens to visit in Surrey, Hampshire, and West Sussex We’re fortunate to benefit from so many beautiful, important, and historic gardens being open for us to enjoy in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. We can be inspired by spectacular plant collections, see rare and exotic plants, enjoy beautiful landscapes and learn more about how amazing plants are, without travelling very far at all! One of the ways in which you can support your favourite garden is to become a member or friend; this is…

Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales And Swaps - Pumpkin Beth

2015 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales And Swaps - Pumpkin Beth

To head straight to my 2019 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales and Swaps, please click here. There are many local plant sales, fetes and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free! Rare, hard to find and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs listed below. In this list I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at…

There are many local plant sales, fetes and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free!  Rare, hard to find and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs listed below.  In this list I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale …

2015 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales And Swaps - Pumpkin Beth

To head straight to my 2019 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales and Swaps, please click here. There are many local plant sales, fetes and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free! Rare, hard to find and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs listed below. In this list I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at…

April Gardening Opportunities - Pumpkin Beth

April Gardening Opportunities - Pumpkin Beth

April Gardening Opportunities April is a magical time in the garden. This month offers us so many wonderful opportunities. There are so many seeds you can sow now, so whether you favour growing vegetables, herbs, fruit, or flowers, don’t miss this chance to grow the plants that hold a special place in your heart. Viola tricolor Viola tricolor, often known as ‘Heart’s Ease’ is a dainty, yet easy to grow plant, which produces edible and very pretty, purple, yellow, and white flowers that have…

February in the garden; here are some jobs you can be getting on with.

February In The Garden - Pumpkin Beth

I enjoy the quiet romance of February in the garden. Here are some jobs you can be getting on with this month: To enjoy the best flowering display from your Wisteria you need to prune it; you’ll enjoy more flowers of better quality, and it will look tidier. At this time of year the structure of the plant is clear of foliage, so it’s easy to see where to prune. Using secateurs, cut back each side-shoot to two or three buds, don’t worry about which direction the bud faces, just count two to…

The end of summer is often a magical time bathed in golden light and sunshine, here’s hoping the month ahead is a lovely time. There’s certainly a lot to do to keep you busy! It’s the perfect time to prepare and sow new lawns. It’s important to remove all weeds, particularly perennial weeds before you …

Gardening Advice for Mid-August to Mid-September - Pumpkin Beth

The end of summer is often a magical time bathed in golden light and sunshine. Here’s hoping the month ahead is a lovely time, there’s certainly a lot to do to keep you busy! It’s the perfect time to prepare and sow new lawns. It’s important to remove all weeds, particularly perennial weeds, before you start your lawn preparation. It’s the perfect time to evaluate your lawn and sow grass seed in any bare patches or lay turf if needed. Make sure you have selected a seed suitable for the type…

This time of year is so evocative and reflective with morning mist and an array of autumn colour adding to the beauty of the garden. With shorter days, time is of the essence there is much to do and enjoy in your garden this month. If your fences are rather tatty or wobbly, have you …

Garden Advice for Mid-October to Mid-November - Pumpkin Beth

This time of year is so evocative and reflective, with morning mist and an array of autumn colour only adding to the beauty of the garden. With shorter days, time is of the essence: there is much to do, and enjoy in your garden this month! If your fences are rather tatty or wobbly, have you considered planting a hedge? Hedges can be a very attractive feature of the garden, they also provide a much needed home for wildlife, and are more able to survive the perils of the winter storms than a…

This is such an exciting time of year with so many beautiful colours in the garden to enjoy and Harvest Festival to look forward to. Here are lots of lovely things to do to make the most of your garden now, but also to ensure your garden looks better than ever next year! It’s time …

Gardening Advice for Mid-September to Mid-October - Pumpkin Beth

This is such an exciting time of year, with so many beautiful colours in the garden to enjoy, and hopefully a bounteous harvest to look forward to! There are lots of lovely things that you can do now to make the most of your garden this month, and to ensure that your garden will look better than ever next year! It’s time to move tender plants under cover. Make sure that you’ve thoroughly checked over the plants and their pots for pests, before you re-position them in their new home. Protect…

This is such an exciting time of year with so many beautiful colours in the garden to enjoy and Harvest Festival to look forward to. Here are lots of lovely things to do to make the most of your garden now, but also to ensure your garden looks better than ever next year! If your …

Gardening Advice for Mid-September to Mid-October - Pumpkin Beth

This is such an exciting time of year, with so many beautiful colours in the garden to enjoy, and Harvest Festival to look forward to! There are lots of lovely ideas of things that you can do, to make the most of your garden now, and to ensure that your garden will look better than ever next year! If your fences are looking rather tatty or wobbly, have you considered planting a hedge? Hedges can be a very attractive feature of the garden, they also provide a much needed home for wildlife…

The end of summer is often a magical time bathed in golden light and sunshine, here’s hoping the month ahead is a lovely time. There’s certainly a lot to do to keep you busy! Vine weevils are a real pain, especially if you’ve got lots of container grown plants, the adult weevils damage plant leaves, …

Gardening Advice for Mid-August to Mid-September - Pumpkin Beth

The end of summer is often a magical time, bathed in golden light and sunshine. There’s certainly a lots of lovely things you could do in the garden, or at your allotment during the month ahead! Vine weevils are a real pain, especially if you’ve got lots of container grown plants. The adult vine weevils damage plant leaves, leaving a notch-shaped, irregular edge to the leaves, resulting in a rather ragged looking, tatty plant. This is annoying, but far worse is the damage that the immature…

I just love this time of year when everywhere is developing a beautiful shade of green! Every year it’s like a revelation as hedgerows, trees, lawns, everywhere, turn the most beautiful shade of fresh, new, positive, wonderful, green. There are many jobs you can do now to keep your garden or allotment looking beautiful, here …

Garden Advice for Mid-May to Mid-June - Pumpkin Beth

I just love this time of year when everywhere is developing a beautiful shade of green! Every year it’s like a revelation, as hedgerows, trees, lawns, everywhere, turn the most beautiful shade of fresh, new, positive, wonderful, green. There are many jobs you can do now to keep your garden or allotment looking beautiful, here are some ideas to get you started: The Chelsea chop, so called as it’s carried out around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show, is simply a term to describe cutting back…

It’s an exciting time and romantic time in the garden, with lots to do this month and so much to look forward to! Take time out to relax and enjoy the wonderfully scented flowers of Daphne, Sarcococca and Hamamelis. Prune Buddleja davidii now. If you’ve got an old and maybe rather neglected specimen then rejuvenate …

Garden Advice for mid-February to mid-March - Pumpkin Beth

It’s an exciting time and romantic time in the garden, with lots to do this month and so much to look forward to! Take time out to relax and enjoy the wonderfully scented flowers of Daphne, Sarcococca and Hamamelis. Prune Buddleja davidii now. If you’ve got an old and maybe rather neglected specimen, then rejuvenate it now by removing any old dead wood and cutting it back hard. If you don’t prune your Buddleja davidii, the plant will still flower but will be much taller will look rather…

This time of year is so exciting with Christmas coming and lots of celebrations on the horizon. Make the most of any bright sunny days, wrap up warmly and get out in the garden! This is a good time to assess and re-evaluate your garden. As long as the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged you …

Gardening Advice for Mid-December to Mid-January - Pumpkin Beth

This time of year is so exciting, with Christmas coming and lots of celebrations on the horizon! Make the most of any bright, sunny days, wrap up warmly and get out in the garden! Mycorrhizal fungi are a UK species of fungi that occur naturally in the soil. Mycorrhizal fungi have a special growing relationship with some plants, they effectively work together to create a stronger, wider reaching root system for the plant; helping the plant to withstand drought and stress. You can purchase a…

I love autumn, the colourful falling leaves, shiny berries and burnished tones add to the romance and beauty of the garden. Make the most of the autumn planting opportunities available now, order seed catalogues and create a beautiful garden to enjoy all year round. There’s still lots to do in the garden or at your …

Garden Advice for Mid-November – Mid-December - Pumpkin Beth

I love autumn, the colourful falling leaves, shiny berries, and burnished tones add to the romance and beauty of the garden. Make the most of the autumn planting opportunities available now, order seed catalogues and create a beautiful garden to enjoy all year round. There’s still lots to do in the garden, or at your allotment now! Mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial fungi species that occur naturally in the soil. Mycorrhizal fungi have special symbiotic growing relationships with some plants…