Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Coriander

Cress

Forget-me-not

Ornamental pepper

Outside

Alpine wallflower

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil

Beet, Beetroot, Chard

Beetroot, Garden beet

Cabbage

Canterbury Bell, Cup and Saucer

Cardoon

Carrot

Courgette

Cress

Dianthus / Carnation / Pinks / Sweet William

Double daisy

Foxglove

French bean, fine bean

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Marrow

Ornamental winter kale

Pansy

Radish

Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Runner bean

Spinach

Spring onion

Turnip

Wallflower

Outside under cover

Cucumber


Shows and events:

12/04/2018 - 24/06/2018

Exhibition: The Leaves of the Tree

01/05/2018 - 30/06/2018

Arundel Castle and Gardens Allium extravaganza

17/05/2018 - 30/06/2018

The Great British Bee Count

21/06/2018 - 24/06/2018

Royal Highland Show

22/06/2018 - 24/06/2018

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

22/06/2018 - 24/06/2018

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

01/07/2018 - 01/07/2018

The Walled Gardens of Cannington Rare Plant Fair - Cannington

03/07/2018 - 08/07/2018

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

06/07/2018 - 08/07/2018

Kent County Show

07/07/2018 - 07/07/2018

Monmouthshire Show

09/07/2018 - 15/07/2018

Bees' Needs Week

10/07/2018 - 12/07/2018

The Great Yorkshire Show

11/07/2018 - 12/07/2018

RHS Plant & Art Fair

14/07/2018 - 15/07/2018

National Sweet Pea Show

18/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

19/07/2018 - 19/07/2018

GLAS Ireland - Garden, Landscape, Amenity, Sportsturf. TRADE SHOW

20/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

Big Butterfly Count

21/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

Wem Annual Sweet Pea Show and Festival

21/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

RHS on Tour - Lambeth Country Show

23/07/2018 - 26/07/2018

Royal Welsh Show

24/07/2018 - 26/07/2018

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

CLA Game Fair

27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

The Garden Show at Loseley

27/07/2018 - 27/07/2018

The Big Cheese Festival

27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

The Garden Show at Loseley

28/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

28/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

Chorley Flower Show

31/07/2018 - 00/00/0000

The Ryedale Show

01/08/2018 - 05/08/2018

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

02/08/2018 - 05/08/2018

BBC Countryfile Live

03/08/2018 - 04/08/2018

Taunton Flower Show

10/08/2018 - 11/08/2018

Shrewsbury Flower Show

10/08/2018 - 12/08/2018

West Dean Chilli Fiesta

11/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

16/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

Southport Flower Show

17/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

18/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

19/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show

19/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

The Bishops Palace Rare Plant Fair

26/08/2018 - 27/08/2018

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Chatsworth Counrty Fair

31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

01/09/2018 - 01/09/2018

Moreton-in-March Show

01/09/2018 - 01/09/2018

Alresford Show

04/09/2018 - 09/09/2018

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

10/09/2018 - 12/09/2018

GLEE

15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Abergavenny Food Festival/Gwyl Fwyd Y Fenni

21/09/2018 - 23/09/2018

Abbfest Food, Beer and Music Festival

29/09/2018 - 30/09/2018

Malvern Autumn Show

27/10/2018 - 27/10/2018

Apple Days at Barrington Court

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Lift old strawberry plants before planting with new stock. Burning or disposing of the old plants, rather than putting them in the compost bin, will help prevent any disease and viruses from spreading.
  • Summer prune apple trees to encourage swelling of the fruit.
  • Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
  • Tie tomato stems to canes or stakes to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the plant.
  • Tender herbs such as basil can be planted out in the garden now. Protect basil from slugs and snails.
  • Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.
  • Plant up hanging baskets. More information available here.
  • Ensure that soil in hanging baskets and patio planters is kept moist. Remove fading and dead flower heads from plants, this will encourage new flowers. Feed hanging baskets and planters weekly with liquid fertiliser if a slow release fertiliser was not added when planting the basket.
  • Apple and pear trees will shed some fruit, this is known as the 'June drop'. This is quite natural, it's the trees way of restricting the amount of fruit that develop.
  • Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
  • Plant tender perennials including pentstemons and salvias.
  • Depending on recent weather conditions and daytime temperature, gooseberries should now be ready to be picked.
  • Continually nip out side shoots from upright (cordon) tomato plants. These reduce the amount of food available to fruit baring branches. If growing plants in the greenhouse, nip out the growing tip after the plant has produced 4-5 fruiting trusses, reduce this to 3-4 if growing tomatoes outside. See here, for more information: https://youtu.be/zFBgCBaFSnk
  • Cover strawberries and fruit bushes with netting to protect them from birds. Start to feed the plants weekly when the fruit starts to form.
  • Buy plants in strips or trays that are compact and sturdy, the compost that they are growing in should be moist. Try to buy plants in bud, with few open blooms.
  • Stake and tie perennials to prevent them being broken by wind and rain. Remove fading delphinium flowers to encourage a second flowering.
  • Paint shading on the greenhouse glass, or use shading to lessen the scorching effect of the sun and to keep temperatures lower.
  • Check the ties on climbers, flower stems and standard roses - the tops of plants can get very heavy when in full bloom or when wet.
  • Pinch out the growing tips of annuals and some perennials to create a stockier plant and to encourage more flowers More information here.
  • Sow hardy annuals in their flowering positions to fill any gaps in the border.
  • Check gooseberries for sawfly. Prune this year's growth back to 4-5 leaves (this shouldn't affect fruit as they appear on old wood).
  • Remove spring bedding plants and lift and store spring flowering bulbs (with the exception of snowdrops).
  • Trim hedges to encourage the branches to thicken up and to keep them neat and tidy.
  • Take soft wood cuttings from thyme. Thyme cuttings take easily, so they can be stuck in the soil or in pots. Remember that thyme likes full sun and hates to be grown in the shade.
  • Propagate marginal pond plants. Take short cuttings, remove lower leaves and push stems into pots of mud. Keep top of the pots just under the surface of the water.
  • Lots of tender plants can be grown outside in containers between May and September as long as the pot is big enough and they get enough water and the occasional feed.
  • The adult vine weevil, the number one garden pest, will be emerging from the soil as the temperatures rise.
  • Protect plants from slugs and snails with slug pellets, course grit or traps. Alternatively try to encourage birds, hedgehogs and frogs to your garden - all prey on slugs and snails. More suggestions to reduce slug and snail damage.
  • Regularly water trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. Their roots won't have had a chance to fully develop yet.
  • Cut grass weekly, long grass takes more nutrients out of the soil. It is also harder to cut and may leave yellow patches in the lawn.
  • Apply a weed and feed to established lawns. Water in with a hose after a few days if it hasn't rained.
  • Feed established roses, fortnightly, with a rose fertilizer, dead-head regularly and check for aphids and black spot.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives.
  • Weed and spread compost from the compost bin over the borders and vegtable patch. This adds valuable nutrients to the soil and acts as a mulch, to retain moisture and reduce weed growth. Ensure that the soil is moist before adding mulch.

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