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Watering canMay-September20 minutes to prepare the feedHarvest comfrey leaves from the base of established plants. The hairy leaves can irritate the skin, so wear gloves if necessary.Remove flowers and tough stems, then chop up the leaves and pack them tightly
Learn how to lay a path, with the help of Monty Don. He demonstrates how to lay slabs on sand and cement with the aid of a spirit level and a grid of pegs, to create a path. all year roundMore garden DIY project ideasHow to lay a decked pathway
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,...
in the year, to encourage them to put on growth before winter sets in. Space them at 10cm intervals in rows 20cm apart, and water well. If you don't have seedlings to plant out, you can usually buy plug plants from garden centres and mail order companies
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'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
band to trees.Grease bandScissorsStringOctober - November10 minutesUnroll the grease band and measure how much you'll need around the base of your fruit tree.Cut off the length required, ensuring the ends overlap so there aren't any gaps
-rotted manureFertiliserOctober - March10 minutes per square metreDig the soil thoroughly, breaking up large clods or lumps to relieve compaction. It is best to use a spade for soil that has never been dug. Previously cultivated soil can be forked through
Salad leaves can be grown on a cut-and-come-again basis; harvesting the larger leaves by cutting them, allowing the smaller leaves to grow for a second crop. If you make successional sowings of seeds every three weeks, you will have a constant supply of salad throughout the year....
Monty Don talks through the process of choosing a good pair of secateurs for pruning, looking at a variety of styles, to help you select a pair to suit your needs. all year roundMore practical garden projectsHow to prune your plantsMaintaining a