Autumn Gardening Classes recommence on September 5 and 7th. 10 - 1 pm .

Osslating Hoes back In Stock

What to do Now in June

  1. Enjoy your garden and visit others
  2. Harvest early potatoes and keep an eye on watering those in containers.It is veery important to keep potatoes earthed up, that is tubers covered excluding light.
  3. Cut your box heading, lay some sheeting at base to make it easier to collect trimmings and compost after.Also better to be narrow on top so as to allow sun at base of hedge.Best to cut in dull dry conditions,
  4. Fill those gaps left by bulbs with annuals and also perennials where you can see the gaps with the remaining leaves still hanging on, then clear the spent leaves into your compost bin.
  5. Now is a good time to sow carrot seeds.Plant out cucurbits such as pumpkins and courgettes.Sow leeks where you had potatoes growing and later in June plant purple sprouting broccoli, which is probably the best veg to grow as it rewards you so well.
  6. Keep on top of weeds with your Osslating Hoe ( have some in stock).Hoeing in the morning will dry out soil in the evening the opposite.
  7. The best time to water is early in the day right up to 6pm after that you are just helping slugs and snails.Watering tomatoes plants use a bucket and water when the soil  is dry but keep a schedule every 3 or 4 days. If the plants are in grow bags or small pots they may need more frequent watering. Also remember to pinch out the axil shuts to encourage vigour in main stems.vigour
  8. Containers, water and feed.You can make your own by soaking seaweed in a bucket and diluting making a much weaker mixture. Feed often with a weaker solution, a strong solution can burn plants. Keep dead heading for continuous flowering of annuals such as sweet pea, cosmos and dahlias when the start flowering.Feeding a little and often.
  9. Take cuttings of your favourite plants. Use a mix of compost and grit erring on the grit.Keep well watered and out of direct sunlight.If leaves on cuttings are very large reduce or remove to slow down evaporation.Try to take cuttings that are about the size of a pencil and only take from a healthy plant.Place around the sides of a pot preferably a pre water soaked terra-cotta, don’t be tempted to place a cutting in the centre. Many cuttings fail so take lots. Best take cuttings in the early morning and place in a plastic bag to help them stay alive.
  10. Keep mowing your grass and leave cuttings behind. If you have a large area of lawn consider just mowing paths.Lavender cutting         



Mornington Garden No dig

Botanical Mono Printing and Sketching in the Garden June 2108

Ants in the Garden

Are ants in the garden bad? The good and bad news about ants and plants. Just as a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place, insects in the wrong place are pests. Ants play a very important role in the ecology of your garden for good and for not so good. ... Ants are predator and prey since they eat the eggs of many insects and serve as food for birds, lizards, and other beneficials. Their tunnels aerate the soil and allow water and nutrients to flow directly to the plant roots. They also distribute seeds by storing them in their tunnels. The caterpillars of some butter­fly groups - read more on Blog page

Mornington May 17 2018

Recent Posts

Sunday, September 30.Gardening Workshop covering the basics.

The garden is now going to sleep, and now is also the time to plan your beautiful garden for next year.
Seed sowing at this time of year can give you a head start on Spring, roots develop and are stronger. Division of plants- making more, moving plants to better positions, planting bulbs for spring and summer. Feeding your soil, protecting it for the weather ahead- drought, are a few of what we will be covering.