Author Archives: Lawrence Thompson

Being adventurous with bulbs and tubers

With the new editions of the gardening catalogues out, it is an ideal time to start planning for next year. The bulb and tuber sections of these enticing publications will be of special interest as I have decided it’s time to be a little more adventurous and forsake my usual choice of new varieties of

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Divide and conquer

Last month I talked about creating new plants for free via cuttings. Division is another very popular method and is one of the easiest forms of propagation of eligible plants. Most perennials should be divided every few years as a matter of routine as old, matted clumps tend to die out in the middle or

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New plants from old

One topic that readers have asked me about recently is propagation or producing new plants from old. Raising your own new plants from existing stock provides a free source of young healthy plants with a supply that can be infinite, as each year’s growth provides new material. You know just what you are getting too, since propagation from cuttings, division or layering produces

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Keeping it watered and weeded

  The major task this month is watering –especially if the weather is hot. Your vegetable plot, most flowering plants and the lawn will need about an inch every week to keep them looking good. The important thing to remember is to make sure you water thoroughly and deeply, preferably in the early morning or at dusk

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Act now for garden fresh greens

We are always being told how nutritious broccoli and calabrese are and how they can contribute to a healthy diet. However, the choice offered at the supermarkets and even the market stalls are usually costly and invariably far from fresh. Yet, if sown and planted now, you can harvest fresh heads of broccoli from November right through to May and for the

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All year appeal

There is no mysterious secret to creating a good looking garden with all-year appeal. It just takes planning to ensure a constant stream of plants reaching their peak at different times of the year. Right now, the buds are starting to break, spring bulbs are at their showy best and tree blossom heralds the start of colour in the garden

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A rose by any other name

I am concentrating on roses this month prompted perhaps by the fact my hybrid tea roses are becoming as free flowering as the floribundas. To maintain the quality of the blooms, I have been removing the two small side buds from the usual cluster of three buds as soon as it is possible to pick them off with the finger and

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Laying a new lawn

My focus on lawns last month did not cover making a new lawn using turf. This is pre-grown grass ready for you to lay down and create an instant lawn. Top quality cultivated turf will give you excellent results but the cheaper meadow turf can include weeds and the odd bare patch. Turf is not a cheap option as

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Lawn care in the spring

This month I am concentrating on lawn care as I am regularly asked about how to achieve a lawn that is level, weed free, and looks good after mowing. Firstly, if you are planning a new lawn, the area should now be ready for seeding having previously been thoroughly dug over. Rake over the seed bed several times

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A time for planning ahead

Looking around the flower beds, I can see it is time to cut down the perennials including the grasses left standing over the winter for the birds and insects to enjoy even though at the moment the plants are still looking quite good. It is also a good opportunity to lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials and also split the

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