Nothing says Summer in the UK quite like the Great British Strawberry!
Think ‘clean and tidy’ in the garden. Regularly removing weeds, diseased leaves and any pests you find will result in increased crops of quality produce.
The days are longer now and the sun higher with temperatures rising, so don’t neglect the watering.
Your established plants will be producing fresh young growth, so watch out for a late frost and cover susceptible plants overnight.
Shakespeare mentions over 100 native wildflowers in his complete works. Sadly, however, we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows in the past century, with a knock-on effect to many species of birds and insects. It’s estimated that meadows and other species-rich grasslands now cover less than 1% of the UK.
Compost heaps have been lying dormant through the winter. It’s a good time to turn them with a fork or spade to get them moving, to break down the contents into crumbly nutritious humus to spread on your spring garden.
Snow in January can look lovely, but it brings its problems in the garden. It’s a good idea to knock off snow from the branches of your trees, shrubs and fruit bushes before the weight damages branches.
As we close the door on 2018 and welcome in 2019, we’d like to wish all our readers and customers a happy and prosperous New Year. And, to help you get maximum enjoyment out of your lawns and gardens this year, we’ve come up with some New Year’s resolutions that’ll keep your green spaces – and you! – in good shape.