Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse




Bell Pepper, pepper








Floss flower, Ageratum



Ornamental Pepper








Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, hollyhock


Beetroot, Garden beet

Borecole, Kale

Bristly hollyhock


Brussels sprout




Common hollyhock



Normandy sorrel


Ornamental winter kale




Spinach, Summer spinach

Spring onion

Sweet pea


Outside under cover

Brussels sprout





French marigold







Sweet corn


Shows and events:

Update 06/01/2021
Following the Government's announcement that the UK is now in lockdown, I have checked the 2020/2021 events and have added comments as necessary.

It is highly likely all events in 2021 will be affected, with those in the near future being affected more than those later in the year.

Even when an event is going ahead, the current UK Government guidelines state "You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’." Going on to say about excercise "This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area." So unfortunately, I think unless the event is happening locally, we aren't able to travel to attend.

I'll try to keep this list up to date as the situation changes. Regards Nick.

16/01/2021 - 14/03/2021

Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival Confirmed going ahead Snowdrop walks, heritage snowdrop collection, workshops, parades and art exhibition.

Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival

03/02/2021 - 10/03/2021

Cambo Estate and Gardens: Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour Virtual event Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour @ Cambo Estate and Gardens
Lots of walks, talks and activities for all ages in the gardens, including a quick tour (Weekdays from 1:30 - 2pm) around the national snowdrop collection.
Cambo House, Fife, KY16 8QD

Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour Cambo Snowdrop collection highlights tour

09/04/2021 - 11/04/2021

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: Spring & Orchid Show  Spring & Orchid Show @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
One of the earliest shows in the gardening calendar, showcasing spring flowering plants and orchids from around the world. This exhibition used to be at the RHS halls in London, 2021 sees the show move to RHS Garden Hyde Hall for the first time.
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET

Spring & Orchid Show Spring & Orchid Show

02/05/2021 - 03/05/2021

Robin Hood Country Show  Robin Hood Country Show.
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

Robin Hood Country Show Robin Hood Country Show

05/05/2021 - 09/05/2021

Three Counties Showground: RHS Malvern Spring Festival Now cancelled RHS Malvern Spring Festival @ Three Counties Showground
Information from show organisers: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and current Government advice all RHS shows have been cancelled until at least 30th June, 2020. For further details please see the RHS website (
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW

RHS Malvern Spring Festival RHS Malvern Spring Festival

23/05/2021 - 23/05/2021

Alresford Watercress Festival Virtual event The May 2020 festival was initially moved to September, unfortunately this has now been cancelled. The 2021 festival has now been moved to a virtually watercress festival. A celebration to mark the start of the watercress season.
Alresford, Hampshire, Hampshire

Alresford Watercress Festival Alresford Watercress Festival

17/06/2021 - 20/06/2021

The NEC: BBC Gardeners' World Live Confirmed going ahead BBC Gardeners' World Live @ The NEC
Information from show organisers: Cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT

BBC Gardeners' World Live BBC Gardeners' World Live

17/06/2021 - 20/06/2019

Royal Highland Centre: Royal Highland Show  Royal Highland Show @ Royal Highland Centre
Annual Scottish agricultural show. Exhibiting country pursuits, lifestyle, machinery and equipment.
Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB

Royal Highland Show Royal Highland Show

25/06/2021 - 27/06/2021

RHS Garden Harlow Carr: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show  RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr's flower show is a three day event hosting specialist nurseries and trade stands with stunning displays, food stalls and family entertainment.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

02/07/2021 - 04/07/2021

Devon County Show Confirmed going ahead A traditional country show, celebrating all things Devon.
Devon County Show, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ

Devon County Show Devon County Show

06/07/2021 - 11/07/2021

Hampton Court Palace: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival  RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival @ Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the largest annual flower show in the World. Hampton Court has 34 acres of parkland so the flower show is able to spread out more than Chelsea. Unlike Chelsea where you can only purchase plants on the last day sell-off, at Hampton Court you can purchase plants and garden sundries on all days. In the last couple of hours in the afternoon of the last show day, a lot of the plants that have been in the display gardens are sold off at a reduced prices, so you may get a bargin. However, this also means that in late afternoon it's a bit frenetic and difficult to see the displays at their finest. 30 minutes by train from London Waterloo.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

21/07/2021 - 25/07/2021

Tatton Park: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park  RHS Flower Show Tatton Park @ Tatton Park

Knutsford, Cheshire,

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

24/07/2021 - 24/07/2021

Knightshayes Court: Mid Devon Show Confirmed going ahead Mid Devon Show @ Knightshayes Court
A county show with a mix of horticulture, agriculture, entertainment, shopping, music and farm life.

Mid Devon Show Mid Devon Show

04/08/2021 - 04/08/2021

North Devon Show Confirmed going ahead A traditional one day agricultural show celebrating rural Devon life.
Umberleigh Barton Farm, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DX

North Devon Show North Devon Show

04/08/2021 - 08/08/2021

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show  RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A five day flower show set in the grounds of RHS Garden Hyde Hall.
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

06/08/2021 - 07/08/2021

Taunton Flower Show  Organisers of Taunton Flower Show have decided not to hold a show in 2020 due to the uncertainties caused by the corona virus situation. The show's directors announced that they have decided to focus their efforts on making next year's event the biggest celebratory garden party the town has seen for years.
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Flower Show Taunton Flower Show

13/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

RHS Garden Rosemoor: RHS Rosemoor Flower Show  RHS Rosemoor Flower Show @ RHS Garden Rosemoor
2017 was RHS Rosemoor's first ever flower show, now in it's forth year it's back bigger and better with large floral displays, trade stands, garden advice and live music.
Nr. Great Torrington, Devon,

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

15/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show Confirmed going ahead The one day agricultural show is a great family day out. Craft stalls, livestock displays, dog shows and cheese tasting.
Shepton Mallet Showground, Cannard's Grave Road, Somerset

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show

21/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival  Over 250 trade stalls showing and selling garlic and other local produce.
Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LU

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

27/08/2021 - 29/08/2021

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show Rescheduled date A festival of agriculture entertainment and food & drink. The Royal Bath and West show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in England. Taking place over 4 days.
The Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show

29/08/2021 - 30/08/2021

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show  A traditional county show.
Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

03/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

Chatsworth Counrty Fair  Held in the Chatsworth Park the Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the most spectacular annual outdoor events.
Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Chatsworth Counrty Fair Chatsworth Counrty Fair

04/09/2021 - 04/09/2021

Moreton-in-March Show Confirmed going ahead One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.
Moreton-in-Marsh Showground, Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0AB, Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-March Show Moreton-in-March Show

07/09/2021 - 12/09/2021

RHS Garden Wisley: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show  RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show @ RHS Garden Wisley
Six day flower show featuring nurseries and garden trade suppliers. Including the National Dahlia Society Show, NAFAS floral displays and the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail.
Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

21/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Rescheduled date Information from show organisers: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and current Government advice all RHS shows have been cancelled until at least 30th June, 2020. For further details please see the RHS website (
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show

All event details have been entered as accurately as possible, but please check with the event organisers before travelling to avoid disappointment.

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Feed fruit trees with a potash fertiliser.
  • Plant summer fruiting raspberry canes.
  • As it's starting to warm up, it's a good time to lay a new lawn, althought the best time is in Autumn or late winter, as it's damper and cooler, allowing the turf to bed in without you having to worry too much about regular watering. See here: laying a new lawn for further information.
  • Hard prune dogwood/cornus stems every other year. This will ensure straight, upright, brightly coloured stems. Use the prunings as hardwood cuttings. Cut into 8inch lengths, trim the bottom at a 45 degree angle and the top straight across, so you know which way up it should be planted. Push the stems into an empty space in the border.
  • Prune summer-flowering clematis before they start producing new growth.
  • Plant lily and gladioli bulbs in 4in (10cm) deep holes. Cover with soil or compost and gently firm down the soil to ensure that there are no air pockets as this may cause the bulbs to rot.
  • Wash any used pots and seed trays, ready to be used for seed sowing.
  • Apply fertilizer containing nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus around trees, fruit bushes and shrubs.
  • Remove algae and moss from patios and paths with a proprietary patio and path cleaner or tar-oil winter wash.
  • Prune gooseberries and cover with netting to prevent birds from eating the buds.
  • If you are ordering seeds or plugs from mail-order companies, you'll need to get your order in soon.
  • Start off seed potatoes, standing them in seed trays with eyes uppermost.
  • For an early crop of strawberries bring the pots into the greenhouse now.
  • Pot up any cuttings that have rooted.
  • Check produce and plants that are in storage for damage or drying out (dahlias, chrysanths etc.).
  • Clear away old crops from the greenhouse, including grow bags, they can harbour hibernating insects and their eggs. Spread the grow bag compost on the soil as a soil conditioner.
  • If you have had a fall of snow, gently shake shrub branches, a build up of snow and ice can cause branches to snap.
  • If your pond has frozen over, melt a small area of ice with hot water to release any build-up of gases that could harm your fish. Don't be tempted to break the ice, the shockwave created can kill pond life.
  • Refirm the roots of any shrubs that may have been lifted by frost.
  • Put out feeders for birds, not forgetting fresh water. Encouraging birds into the garden will help reduce the number of insects and slugs.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Cover shrubs that are likely to be damaged by frost with garden fleece, sacking or an old light blanket.
  • On a dry still day rake up fallen leaves, don't put them on the compost heap, as leaves break down in a cold process, whereas a traditional compost heap breaks organic matter down in a warm/hot process. Put them into a leaf composter, or make leaf mould. How to make leaf mould.
  • If you have any decorative plant pots that aren't frostproof. Empty them of all soil and store them in the shed, greenhouse or garage.
  • Plant or move roses. They like plenty of sun and a clay soil. Leave 60cm (24in) between plants to allow air circulation, which will reduce the chance of infection.
  • Plant apple and pear trees. Check and adjust any stakes on young trees and remove stakes on any trees that have been planted more than 3 years.
  • During autumn and winter, indoor plants will require less feeding and watering. However as the temperature drops outside, the central heating goes on and the temperature in the house tends to go up, so whilst it's a good idea to keep your pot plants on the dry side and not water them too often, you should check a couple of times a week to ensure they haven't totally dried out. Oh and if you have a water spray bottle, hold the plant over the sink or bath and give the foliage a quick little squirt (don't do this to hairy leaved plants like african violets).
  • Don't go and buy an indoor (small) watering can, I find that the kettle does just as good a job, but obviously not after it has just boiled!! (the water should be room temperature or cooler).