Friday, 7 June 2019 | Alison
June days are filled with the sweet scent of roses, lavenders and honeysuckles and on a warm, still evening, if you sowed some night scented stocks earlier in the season, they will be giving a heady waft of perfume across the patio seating area whilst you soak up the last rays of the warm sun and sip your latest creation on the ubiquitous gin and tonic theme... Ah well, that's the dream anyway, the reality may be a bit different with the many tasks that may need doing in your garden so here are the Brookside Nursery Top Tips for June:-
Monday, 6 May 2019 | Alison
May is upon us and seems to have arrived like a lightning bolt out of the blue. But I am more than happy to embrace the warmer and longer days that give me more time in the garden to potter and do all the little jobs that need my attention.
But, with the warmer temperatures come certain garden pests that seemingly appear from nowhere and I am talking here about lily beetles, vine weevils (and their larvae) and the ever present greenfly sent to torment and tease us and our roses. I will give you tips to help alleviate these ‘problem pests’ in the listing below. So here are a few tasks to keep you occupied this month in the greenhouse, the garden and the veg patch.
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April can be a tricky month in the garden and it is always weather related.
One minute it can be sunny and showing distinct signs of warmth, lulling us into a false sense of security, in that we start planting tender annuals out in the garden, and then in the next minute it is bringing us back down to earth and sensibility by battering us and our precious plantlets with hail. So err on the side of caution and don't plant out too early.
Hardy evergreens and deciduous shrubs and trees do what comes naturally and make a welcome sight in our gardens during April. Evergreens put on a spurt of fresh new growth. Deciduous shrubs like Hydrangeas and Spireas begin to show their leaves and buds and Spring flowering trees burst into life with their breathtaking blossoms, with the promise of fruits and berries to come in the coming months.
However, there are plenty of tasks to be getting on with in the garden and greenhouse this month.
Thursday, 21 March 2019 | Alison
The potato, although humble in looks, has been a mainstay of the British diet for centuries. The main reasons being that the tubers are ideally suited to being grown in our cool (rainy) climate and they need no special soil requirements.