In the Garden

 

There's always something to do in the garden - especially if you have ambitions to show your produce at the next Village Show. Here Show Chairman Roy Halsey offers some advice on what jobs you can be getting on with - weather permitting of course!

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January

In the flower garden:

  • Take root cuttings from dormant perennials, eg oriental poppies, acanthus
  • Plant or move rose bushes
  • Cut down ornamental grass
  • Move dormant plants that are growing in the wrong place
  • Prune dogwood, buddleia and other shrubs - if the mild weather continues
  • Order your dahlia plants and summer bulbs

In the vegetable garden:

  • Clear old crops and rubbish
  • Plant shallot sets
  • Sow onion seed in a propagator
  • Buy seed potatoes and set them up to sprout or 'Chit' either in seed trays or use an egg tray
  • Dig your runner bean trench and fill with peelings, tea bags, banana skins etc. Leave room for approx. 3" of soil on top