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Plant of the week: Viburnum

Handsome, versatile, and in full flower in winter and early spring when there’s little else around: every garden should have a viburnum. Many of the winter flowerers are fragrant – snip a bloom-laden branch in December to bring indoors and fill the house with perfume – and some also have handsome blue, red or black berries.

Many are evergreen and all are more or less maintenance free: just trim back to size if they outgrow their space. Find them a warm, shelt...

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What to do in the garden in April

April showers may feature this month – but so does increasingly warm sunshine, making planting and pruning a pleasure. Here are a few of the jobs to be getting on with this month:

General tasks:

  • Clean water features scrubbing off algae, fallen leaves and other debris then rinsing before refilling.
  • Rake over patches of coarse grass in the lawn to raise them up before mowing so they’re cut...
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Give spring bulbs a little TLC now

Give spring bulbs a little TLC now and they’ll bounce back even better next year for an even bigger and more colourful display.

Spring Bulbs

As blooms fade, pinch or cut them out to stop the bulbs wasting energy producing unwanted seedheads. This make sure that all the plant’s energy goes back into the bulb and encourages bigger clumps to form.

The only exception is bulbs you are naturalising in long grass, like snowdrops, cro...

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Slugs and snails are back in top spot as the most-hated pest

Slugs and snails are back in top spot as the most-hated pest for gardeners, after a year of playing second fiddle to box tree moth. The slimy critters topped the annual RHS poll of the most asked-about pests and diseases, based on enquiries they received at their Gardening Advice Service.

Slugs and Snails 

Honey fungus was named most troublesome plant disease for the 21st year running, with RHS scientists identifying...

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It’s the perfect time to lay new lawns right now

It’s the perfect time to lay new lawns right now as the soil starts to warm up and new grass bursts into growth. Whether you choose seed mix or turf, select a mix which is suitable for the site. Think about the amount of light reaching the area, and how much wear it is likely to get, as well as the look you want to achieve. You’ll find specialist turf and seed grass mixes to suit your requirements in our garden centre here in Pickering, including lawn mixes for shad...

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Plant your new potatoes now

Plant your new potatoes now and you’ll give yourself the best chance of an early harvest. Timing your planting is a bit of a lottery as there’s always the chance of a late frost, but you can usually risk it by late March. Just in case, keep some horticultural fleece handy (you’ll find fleece at our garden centre here in Pickering) and throw a couple of layers over emerging foliage to protect it if the temperature drops.

 Plant your tubers with the “rose...

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Sow beetroot for delicious early crops within a few weeks’ time

Sow beetroot for delicious early crops within a few weeks’ time. Beetroot are among the quickest and easiest of veg to get going in spring, and are just as happy in a roomy container as in the ground.

Sow Beetroot

Varieties include traditional purple ‘Boltardy’ and unusual striped heritage variety ‘Chioggia’, but there are lots more, including golden ones which don’t ‘bleed’: browse the seed racks here at the garden centre in Pickeri...

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Plant Asiatic lilies now

Plant Asiatic lilies now for a fabulously exotic display later this summer. Asiatic lilies are among the easiest lilies to grow, and certainly the most spectacular. They tend to flower a little earlier than other lilies and include brilliantly coloured varieties in shades of copper, pink, deepest purple and pure white. For even more wow factor there are also two-tone and double types. Come over to the garden centre in Pickering and browse through ou...

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Join in the fun for Garden Re-Leaf Day and raise money for charity!

Join in the fun for Garden Re-Leaf Day and raise money for charity! There's got loads going on at garden centres across the UK to mark this annual fundraiser – Show your support for Greenfingers.

This will be the sixth year for Garden Re-Leaf, held each March in aid of the Greenfingers Charity, which builds gardens for children in hospices and their families. So far they’ve created 51 magical outdoor spaces for patients to enjoy, with a further 15 promised th...

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Clear green manure crops

Clear green manure crops planted last autumn to cover soil over winter, like winter tares, field beans, or winter rye. These useful cover crops are invaluable in the veg garden, where they break up heavy soil and add nutrients to benefit your veg throughout the season.

Useful cover crops

About four weeks before you need the area for growing, get to work clearing them away to make room for your veg. Shear off the top growth close to the ground, and ca...

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