Seasonal Tips to help you make the most of your garden
• Gardening can be very therapeutic. Being outside, observing nature continuing as normal and getting your hands into soil that contains anti-depressant microbes take really lift a weight off your mind.
• With all the rain we’ve had, it’s going to be a bumper year for slugs. See our tips on below for beating them without pellets.
• Spring time can be stressful for bird-loving owners of hunting cats. See tips from the RSPB below.
• How to garden without injury to keep fit – top tips from Andy at West Berkshire Injury Clinic (who treats a lot of gardening injuries especially at the beginning of the season!)
• Gardening Show with Linda & Jane on 4LEGS Radio: tree peonies (from 4 mins 45sec), tulip bulbs, Japanese anenomes, propegation (10mins 30sec), begonias, dahlias, aiming for yearround colour
Cat lovers – are you worried about feeding birds? Being hunters, it is only natural that cats will catch and kill birds when they can,
We don’t like using slug pellets as they are (unsurprisingly) very toxic. They contain the pesticide metaldehyde (usually dyed blue). It kills slugs, snails and
Growing Your Own Veg & Fruit
Some general advice from us:
• Plant out half a crop out at first to check if the location works. If the plants get munched then you’ve still got the other half of the crop to try somewhere else in the garden.
• For brilliant inspiration, follow Belinda’s blog from Hungerford Allotments
Leeks are one of our favourite vegetables as they are so tasty, easy to grow
Potatoes are one of the first crops to prepare for the garden and are easy
Hannah Fraser from Bloom Garden shares her tips for growing your own veg Growing your
• Early spring when the tree is still dormant is the best time to graft trees. When the tree wakes up, the sap will hopefully start flowing across the tissues of the graft. It is important to use a very sharp knife so the cut edges are smooth and clean and meld together (it is worth practicing the cuts on spare wood first.) For more information contact Growing Newbury Green. Here is a demonstration from one of the community orchards in Newbury:
Borders & Shrub Tips
AUGUST GARDENING TIPS Prune rambling roses as most
Protecting Wildlife in Your Garden
Cat lovers – are you worried about feeding birds? Being
Gill from Hedgehog Bottom charity in Thatcham shares her important
Many thanks to PP reader Carole Ruse for sending in
Composting & Fertilizing
• It is worth growing comfrey to make a liquid fertilizer for your garden. Roughly chop up leaves in a bucket of water and nettle leaves too. Stir occasionally. When the water is dark green and smells like fertilizer then dilute it with more water and gives your crops a good drink. Here is a demonstration by Monty Don.
• reminder to men to pee on their compost heap! According to The Daily Telegraph this is an important chore and one that is physically easier for men and their pee happens to be slightly less acidic than women’s.
Watering takes time and frankly, water is precious so here are tips on how to water your plants for best root growth. To prevent evaporation, we cover soil with gravel, mussel shells and big leaves like rhubarb.
• If you find a bee swarm in your garden first please double check they are honeybees from this guide and then contact: Newbury Beekeepers, Marc Benson on 07746 374819 in Wash Common, Vale & Downland Beekeepers (for Wantage Area) or Swindon & District Beekeepers – any of these people will be very happy to collect the swarm from you.
If You Don’t Have Your Own Garden
Don’t worry as there are many allotments across the area which might have free plots. There are also community garden centres that are always grateful for volunteers and provide a social experience where you can learn a lot about gardening.
For inspiration on houseplants listen to Gardening Show with Linda & Jane on 4LEGS Radio: houseplants, terrariums and dragon plants (from 13 mins) – plus weeding, sowing crops under glass like chillis and sweet peas (from 27mins), early flowering plants and assessing the structure of your garden in the winter (from 30 mins).
We are Growing2gether, based at Cottismore Park near Kingsclere – a community food and flower growing and training project that provides opportunities for people from many
Five A Day Market Garden is a not for profit community gardening and horticultural therapy project situated in the tranquil hamlet of Englefield, approximately seven
Gardening Courses & Clubs
Gardening Courses with Sonia Wright near Marlborough. Something for every garden enthusiast at these one day workshops with award-winning gardener Sonia Wright starting 3 March. Everything provided including home-made lunches. Take home pots of cuttings or seedlings as proof of your new talents! Gift vouchers available. To find out more, email email@example.com or call 07917 784602..
Newbury & District Gardeners meet fortnighly during the winter. Lecture series in Newbury open to the public.