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Join Monty at Berryfields as he gives a definition of chitting potatoes and explains how chitting benefits the potato grower.springMore advice on growing potatoesBlog on chitting potatoes, by Jane MooreWatch Monty demonstrating how to grow potatoes in a binGrowing early potatoes,...
.AdamCheck your plants daily, so deadheading takes only a few minutes - and you have a lovely excuse to walk the garden!Pop all the dead flower-heads on the compost heap rather than throwing them in the bin.More on deadheading and pruningDeadheading lilies
Discover how to add midsummer colour and interest by growing a clematis against a teepee. Sarah Raven explains how to encourage budding below soil and reduce the risk of clematis wilt.summerMore advice on growing clematisMonty's advice on growing late-flowering clematisDealing w...
Join Joe Swift as he plants a clematis at the base of a viburnum in the Berryfields garden, and offers planting and mulching tips.May-JuneMore advice on growing climbing plantsPotting on sweet peas, Sarah RavenConstructing a rustic trellisMaking a
Although, in some areas, dahlia tubers have survived the recent mild winters outside, it's well worth lifting and storing them. Discover how you can ensure a bumper crop of dahlias for next summer, whatever the weather.SecateursGarden fork
. Dahlia plantSticks or canesStringJune - August15 minutesJuly - SeptemberCheck dahlias each week; if they're starting to flop tie the main stem to a supporting cane or stick with garden string. Don't tie the string too loosely, but allow a little room
's important to provide them with supplementary fertiliser. The basic nutrients required by plants are nitrogen (N) for leaf and stem growth, phosphorus (P) for root growth and potassium (K) for flowers, fruit and to maintain healthy growth. Fertiliser
on the speed of growth.AdamDon't forget to pinch out the tips of hardy garden fuchsias a couple of times. This will stop the plants becoming too leggy and promote masses of blooms right through into the autumn.Caring for fuchsiasCombat whitefly on fuchsias
Protect you plants from the cold weather and wrap half-hardy bananas, palms, cannas and ginger lilies in fleece and straw if they grow in sheltered positions. Alternatively lift the plants, pot or crate them up and bring into a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory to plant outdo...
, shed, greenhouse, conservatory or garage. Slimline models are available for smaller gardens.Use water-retaining crystals or gel to retain water in containers so you don't have to water them so often. Organic, seaweed-based options are available. Line