Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

Fruit & Vegetables, Landscape Design Tips, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Summer Gardening, The Flower Garden

December is the real start of Summer and after a very changeable Spring we look forward to a more settled and warmer time. Overall Spring has been a good growing season and as a result there has been a good set of both stone and pip. Because of this there is a need to thin out the developing fruit so that the size and quality of the crop is achieved.

The planting of Summer annuals needs to be completed and with the possibility of water restrictions mulching in as much of the garden areas as possible should be done to help retain soil moisture.

News from the Fruit & Vege growers

News from the Fruit & Vege growers

Fruit & Vegetables, Specialist Circles, Summer Gardening

In October’s meeting Alan Jolliffe shared a new product which helps to prevent Codling Moth on apple trees. ‘Bird Proof’, is a non-toxic, tacky repellent gel which can be used to form a repellent band on the tree-trunk which lasts for several seasons.

Peter Saunders provided the third instalment of A Visual Guide to Gardening through the Year complete with a slide-show. His tomatoes in the tunnel house are now flowering. He uses trickle irrigation to ensure water gets to the roots and not the weeds. This also prevents an overly humid atmosphere which can encourage fungal diseases.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

All About Gardening, Fruit & Vegetables, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Summer Gardening, The Flower Garden, This Month in the Garden, Uncategorized

Early Spring has arrived with the usual changeable weather typical for this time of the year. This year is no different with the challenge of wet ground from the wet Winter just finished and with the soil at field capacity we will need to be careful when working the ground so as not to damage the soil structure. READ MORE

Water is Not Enough

Fruit & Vegetables, Plant Forum, Resources, Summer Gardening

So you think you don’t need to fertilise…?  Think again. Independent growing trials* were recently carried out on Yates new range of Thrive fertilisers over an eight week period.   One plant received just water and the other plant received Thrive Natural Fish and Seaweed.  The pictures speak for themselves! Trial Results Fertilisers with nitrogen, phosphorus … Read More