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Winter is a good time to clean, tidy and reorganise your greenhouse. Remove all the clutter, clean the glass to maximise light levels, and create an ordered working environment in time for the season ahead. BroomBucketDisinfectantGlass cleaner
way of making more of these beautiful flowers. SnowdropsGarden fork or spadeFebruary - March 30 minutes for a good-sized clumpUse a garden fork or spade to lift clumps of snowdrops. Dig deeply all round the clump, before levering it out in order to get
in summer to produce more plants. The tricky bit is remembering to order them in August, so long after they've actually flowered.Make notes, Ladies and Gentlemen, always make notes (says the man who always forgets everything).
, use the parasitic wasp, Metaphycus helvolus, bought by mail order as a biological control.Use a pesticide containing deltamethrin on ornamental crops - organic fatty acid sprays can be used on fruit bushes and trees.a wide range of plants, house plants
?P.S. Never grumble about the price of plants again - that is an order!!
, and use a fungicide if necessary.Control dieasesBefore being seduced by a pretty picture, consider which rose is best for your garden. Old-fashioned varieties rarely flower all summer long, while modern ones do. Order bare-root plants in summer
unusual and interesting at a plant stall. For the owners it is the opportunity to show off all their hard work and raise some money for charity.There are literally hundreds of gardens opening all over the country over the next few weeks so you are spoilt
I have just come back from a fine couple of days at Bloom in Dublin - a great show that happens in the middle of Phoenix Park. It's well worth planning a trip to Ireland next year in order to coincide with the show.Anyway, I got back late last
February is a blessedly short month. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this, but 28 days of cold wet yukkiness is hardly conducive to horticultural excitement. However, we have to get through it in order to edge our way closer to spring, so
are available from mail order fruit suppliers for immediate potting. Kept on greenhouse staging, they quickly grow during spring. It’s important to be vigilant for signs of greenfly or red spider mite, and to treat affected plants immediately. Warm greenhouse