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What to do in the garden in December

…• Build or buy a compost bin. * • Continue to collect fallen leaves and add to leaf bins or compost bins to rot down. * • After pruning your fruit trees use the twigs for pea sticks or shred them and add them to your compost bin. * • Turn your compost heaps to mix the ingredients…

Top 10 tips to prepare your garden for spring

…to work with and will give cleaner pruning cuts. 10. Create a composting area If you haven't already then try setting up a compost area in your garden. This could simply be a ready-made compost bin or you could build a compost bin yourself using spare bits of wood. Not only will you have somewhere…

What to do in the garden in September

…improve soil and keep weeds down over winter. * • Create compost bins in preparation for all the fallen leaves and dead plant material which you'll be collecting over the coming months. Autumn leaves make a great addition to compost bins and are ideal for making leaf mould. * • Dispose of…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer session 21st March 2014

…we don't have room to plant potatoes in our beds. We are going to use Potato growing bags. Our compost bins are still too young to produce any compost as yet so can you advise what is the best compost to use? Also a sneaky second question - can we "companion" plant potatoes with anything? Many…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 29th November 2013

compost. Leave vegetables peels in compost bins or just spread the peels onto the soil to rot. Saw rats in compost bin? Answer: Hi Santosh. The best way to make compost is to put your vegetable peelings in the compost bin along with plenty of other 'green' waste. The heat created within a compost

Ants | Pests & Diseases

…up at most garden centres. How do you get rid of ants in compost bins? There are a few options available to try and solve this problem! Firstly you could try regularly disturbing the compost bin contents, either by making use of a compost aerator or pushing a garden fork in and twisting. Ants will…

Top ten Autumn tips to prepare your garden for Winter

…out compost bins The autumn clear up of borders and vegetable plots always generates a lot of plant material for the compost heap. Autumn is an ideal time to clear out last year's compost and use it around the garden to make room in compost bins for this season's garden waste. If your compost isn't…

Buy Plants, Seeds, Fruit Trees & Seed Potatoes

…we don't have room to plant potatoes in our beds. We are going to use Potato growing bags. Our compost bins are still too young to produce any compost as yet so can you advise what is the best compost to use? Also a sneaky second question - can we "companion" plant potatoes with anything? Many…

Top recycling tips for the garden

…even the toughest of weeds! * Old tyres - Stack old tyres on top of one another to make compost bins or fill them with compost and turn them into mini raised beds. * Used compost - Don't ditch the compost from your patio bags - you can still use it for growing bulbs or quick growing salad crops.…

Pricking out and hardening off seedlings

…put into the compost bin. The important point is to give the transplanted seedlings adequate space to become sturdy young plants. As a rough guide, allow about 50 seedlings to each full size tray. It is good planning to prepare the planting holes in the trays of well-moistened compost before you…

Botrytis | Pests & Diseases

…plants? If it is confined to just a few plants then destroy those affected by burning them or putting them in your household waste bin do not add them to the compost heap! The remaining plants can be sprayed on a dry day with a fungicide that is suitable for use on ornamentals. Many fungal problems…

What to do in the garden in February

…Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy can be cut back now to keep windows, gutters and roof tiles clear. * • If you're adding woody prunings to compost bins, shred or chop them first as they are slow to decompose. * • Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse…

What to do in the garden in January

…snow of off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight. * • Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins. Alternatively the stripped down branches make great pea sticks. * • Hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up to attract birds, who…

What to do in the garden in April

…• Check your compost bins to see if there is any compost ready to use. * • Improve the drainage of heavy soils by incorporating plenty of organic matter. * • Top up raised beds with compost and good quality topsoil. * • Top-dress containers with fresh compost. If containers are…

Gardening Questions & Answers

…scorched by winter weather Q&A from 21/03/2014 * Growing potato in bags * Growing Honesty in the garden * Growing Sweet Peas * No worms in the compost bin! Q&A from 07/03/2014 * Planting bareroot shrubs * Grafting methods * Pruning Apple trees * Moving Spring bulbs * Growing Rhubarb * Home * About…

What to do in the garden in June

…plants by using nemaslug * • Clip evergreen hedges such as Privet, Box and Yew whilst they are in active growth. * • Turn the compost in your compost bins every month to keep it well aerated. * • Keep bird baths topped up in hot weather. What to do in the garden archive * Back to 'In…

What to do in the garden in October

…now until the spring is the ideal time to plant them. Other jobs about the garden * • Reuse spent compost from annual container displays as a mulch on the garden. * • Create compost bins for collecting fallen leaves and dead plant material. * • Collect leaves up for making leaf mould…

What to do in the garden in July

…plants. * • Turn the contents of your compost bins every month to keep it well aerated. * • Keep bird baths topped up in hot weather. * • Remove floating blanket weed from ponds by twirling it around a stick or garden cane. Before composting it, pile the weed close to the pond for a…

What to do in the garden in November

…gathering your leaves on to the lawn and mow them with a rotary mower that has a collection box on the back. They will rot down quicker in your compost bins. From your armchair * • Check any notes that you made earlier in the year before placing your seed orders. What grew well, which varieties…

Pests & Diseases | How to Prevent and Control Pests & Diseases

…still, calm day to undertake spraying. Always wear appropriate safety equipment. Pests Pest Question(s) Ants - How do you get rid of ants in compost bins? - Why are there lots of ants on my peonies? - How can I get rid of ants destroying my acers in my garden? - How can I stop ants on my garden…

Foxes | Encouraging Wildlife

…attractive idea to see foxes visiting your garden, they can make a nuisance of themselves by digging holes, making a noise at night, ripping open bin bags etc. This is all perfectly natural behaviours but is likely to be considered undesirable by many people - especially your neighbours! Sadly such…

How to grow Hyacinths

…container rim and compost surface to allow for watering. The top of the bulbs should just show at the compost surface. * After this, indoor hyacinth bulbs need a cold dark period, preferably around 9°C, in a shed, garage or cellar for up to 10 weeks. Cover the pots with black bin liners to stop…

How to Grow Giant Pumpkins

…green compost in an attempt to grow a record-breaking pumpkin this year. This is made from the contents of the council-collected green or brown bins and contains food waste as well as the usual garden clippings. This gives it the higher nutrient content that pumpkins love. The compost gets very…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 21st August 2012

…as well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste. It needn't cost a fortune either. Old multipurpose compost from patio containers will work nicely, plus any homemade compost from your compost heap. Autumn gives an ideal opportunity to collect fallen leaves in bin bags. Mix some of your grass…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 11th January 2013

…shed, garage or cellar for up to 10 weeks. Cover the pots with black bin liners to stop light getting through and check them regularly, watering them if the compost feels dry. Once shoots have appeared a few inches above the compost surface, bring them indoors and place in a bright position, taking…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 27th January 2012

compost, thoroughly clean seed trays, and water with tap water instead of rainwater. Careful watering is absolutely essential. It is always better to water sparingly and keep the compost just moist. Small seedlings are particularly susceptible to damping off in wet compost, so always let the compost

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 30th September 2011

…with roots - if I cut off the plants can I compost them over winter and re-use the soil the next year, when the roots have rotted down a bit? Or do they just get binned? Answer: Hi Phoebe. The soil is really best broken up and added to the compost heap. After a full growing season there won’t…