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October in the Garden

October in the Garden

Andrew Babicz September 30, 2014 0

Despite the horrendous downpours and flooding we have had recently, September was the warmest and dryest since records began over 100 years ago! In the papers this week they were reporting that spiders are

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September in the Garden

September in the Garden

Andrew Babicz September 7, 2014 0

September is known to be a drier month than August and this last week has proved that theory, lets hope it continues! There are still lots of things you can do in September in

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What to do in the Garden – Last Few Days of April

What to do in the Garden – Last Few Days of April

Andrew Babicz April 25, 2014 0

  Is Spring really here? The signs are well advanced with blossom everywhere and you can always tell spring has arrived because the garden centres have their  summer bedding on display albeit they are

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What to do in The Garden – Second Week of April

What to do in The Garden – Second Week of April

Andrew Babicz April 7, 2014 0

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed Sow hardy annual flowers

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What to do in the garden – Last Week of February

What to do in the garden – Last Week of February

Andrew Babicz February 23, 2014 0

In the Flower Garden Sow sweet peas in long pots. Pinch out the shoot when they show a pair of leaves Prune the stems of cornus, willows etc Watch out for bulbs emerging if

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Not another wet and windy week?

Not another wet and windy week?

Andrew Babicz February 18, 2014 0

WHAT TO DO IN WINTER ON A RAINY DAY With wind forecast and more wet weather predicted to continue well into the near future what can we do if it is too wet to go outside!? Reflect on

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Valentine’s Day – Say it with Flowers?

Valentine’s Day – Say it with Flowers?

Andrew Babicz February 9, 2014 0

  In case it has escaped you the 14th February is this week.  For my wife and I married 34 years this year we tire with the extortionate prices that you can pay for

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Five Fantastic Plants for February

Five Fantastic Plants for February

Andrew Babicz February 2, 2014 0

  This month there are signs of life in the garden. The days are lengthening the birds are singing, bulbs are pushing up and shoots on plants are bursting.  With a bit of planning

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Kiss me quick

Kiss me quick

Andrew Babicz December 29, 2013 0

There is more to mistletoe than an excuse for kisses at Christmas. It is an unusual native British evergreen that has fascinated people for centuries. If you venture a kiss under some mistletoe this

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It’s all about Brussels Sprouts!

It’s all about Brussels Sprouts!

Andrew Babicz December 15, 2013 0

  Apparently there is a bumper crop this year of those vegetables that children generally hate. So how is it that some 60% of the nation likes them? When do your taste buds suddenly

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter – Five things to do this month

Preparing Your Garden for Winter – Five things to do this month

Andrew Babicz November 3, 2013 0

In the UK we are very lucky in that when preparing the garden for winter we do not have to put the garden ‘to bed’.  Often plants in mild winters will continue to grow

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Windy Weather!  What you can do this afternoon!

Windy Weather! What you can do this afternoon!

Andrew Babicz October 27, 2013 0

Windy Weather! The forecast is for gales with gusts up to 90 miles per hour. Enough to do some serious damage to buildings and gardens. Trees are particularly vulnerable with all their leaves on

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Historic roses – with Dave Collins from St Francis Hospice

Historic roses – with Dave Collins from St Francis Hospice

Paul Golder October 21, 2013 0

On the show today we welcomed Dave Collins, the staff gardener at St Francis Hopsice and a fanatical rose grower

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`The Three Belles` on Sunday Best

`The Three Belles` on Sunday Best

Tony Smith August 23, 2013 0

Hi Listeners Last Sunday (18th August) we were happy to welcome back to Phoenix fm `The Three Belles` they popped into studio 1, to chat and sing  live tracks off their album on Andrew

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What to do in the garden – Forth Week of August

What to do in the garden – Forth Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 19, 2013 0

-Continue to cut grass as it is now growing after all the rains we have had! -After the dry spell you can lower the cutting blades on lawn mowers -Keep watering patio pots. Windy

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What to do in the garden during August

What to do in the garden during August

Andrew Babicz August 6, 2013 0

July brought us extremes of weather and now we are in the first week of August.  It is time to prepare your garden for the holidays!  Of course the trouble with British weather is

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Andrew may be away but we do our best

Andrew may be away but we do our best

Scott Ross May 19, 2013 2

Well Andrew may be motor rallying around Europe but the garden still needs attention, so I took a look at the notes Andrew had left lying around to try to keep you up to

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What to do in the garden – Second Week of April

What to do in the garden – Second Week of April

Andrew Babicz April 8, 2013 0

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed Sow hardy annual flowers

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What to do in the Garden – First week of April

What to do in the Garden – First week of April

Andrew Babicz April 1, 2013 0

The Flower Garden Fill gaps in flower beds with primulas and polyanthus Prune forsythia and flowering currants as soon as flowers have faded Leave daffodil foliage intact for at least six weeks after flowering

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What to do in the Garden – Fourth Week of March

What to do in the Garden – Fourth Week of March

Andrew Babicz March 18, 2013 0

The Flower Garden Take cuttings from delphiniums using strong young shoots, and root them in free-draining compost Wash off greenfly from shoot tips with soapy water Feed rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris and camellias with ericaceous

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What to do in the Garden – Last Week of February

What to do in the Garden – Last Week of February

Andrew Babicz February 24, 2013 0

In The Flower Garden Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds Cut out dead stems of ceratostigma and hardy fuchsias Prune all stems of Hydrangea paniculata down to about three

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What to do in the Garden – Second Week of February

What to do in the Garden – Second Week of February

Andrew Babicz February 10, 2013 0

The Flower Garden Prune back shoots on mophead and lacecap hydrangeas to a pair of buds Trim all foliage from barrenwort (Epimedium) before flowers start to develop Plant lilies in pots Prune mahonia, removing

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What To do in The Garden if it Snows!

What To do in The Garden if it Snows!

Andrew Babicz January 13, 2013 0

WHAT TO DO IN WINTER OR ON A RAINY DAY With snow forcast and cold weather predicted to last a week or so what can we do if it is too cold to go

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What to Do in the Garden – 16th December

What to Do in the Garden – 16th December

Andrew Babicz December 16, 2012 0

Generally This time of year is for tidying up, cutting things back and looking back over the year to observe your successes and failures in the garden. Hopefully learning from these! Don’t forget to

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What To Do in The Garden –  9th December

What To Do in The Garden – 9th December

Andrew Babicz December 9, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Spread compost (Mulching) on to flower beds for worms to work in over winter Collect fallen leaves showing signs of blackspot from around roses Fork compost into borders, but take

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What to Do in The Garden –  2nd December

What to Do in The Garden – 2nd December

Andrew Babicz December 2, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Clear away annual climbers, like sweet peas and morning glory, and cup and saucer plants growing up trellises or obelisks Pick seed heads and evergreen foliage and mix with fruit

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What to do in The Garden – Last Week of November

What to do in The Garden – Last Week of November

Andrew Babicz November 25, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Prune wisteria sideshoots to 10-15cm from their base, and tie in leading shoots to create a framework Rake up fallen leaves that could be sheltering slugs Cut down dead perennials

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What To Do in The Garden – First Week of November

What To Do in The Garden – First Week of November

Andrew Babicz October 28, 2012 0

In the Flower Garden Cut late-summer-flowering clematis right down to soil level Divide congested clumps of perennials such as asters, campanulas, rudbeckias and chrysanthemums after flowering Plant bare-rooted roses Dig up and compost exhausted

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What to do in the Garden – Week beginning 21st October

What to do in the Garden – Week beginning 21st October

Andrew Babicz October 21, 2012 0

The Flower Garden Plant tulip bulbs in groups to make drifts of spring colour After first frosts, lift and store dahlia tubers or leave in the ground but mulch heavily Plant evergreen shrubs and conifers,

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What to do in The Garden – Last Week of September

What to do in The Garden – Last Week of September

Andrew Babicz September 30, 2012 1

In The Flower Garden Plant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawns Plant up patio pots for autumn interest Lift gladioli, clean the corms and store them in a shed or garage Prune rambling

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What to do in the Garden – Last Week of August

What to do in the Garden – Last Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 26, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Plant daffodil bulbs in pots and borders Check roses for suckers and cut off any you find, just below ground Trim conifer hedges to neaten their appearance and control height

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What to do in The Garden – Fourth Week of August

What to do in The Garden – Fourth Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 20, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden   Prune pyracantha and train shoots to supports Prepare soil to plant evergreen shrubs and conifers by digging it over and incorporating lots of organic matter Prune lavender to maintain

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What to do in the Garden – Second Week of August

What to do in the Garden – Second Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 6, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Deadhead flowers of lady’s mantle before they set seed Water camellias to make sure they don’t dry out while the flower buds are developing Buy bulbs for autumn planting including

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What to do in the Garden – Third Week of July

What to do in the Garden – Third Week of July

Andrew Babicz July 15, 2012 0

Generally What a week this has been! Any more water needed in the garden? It is good that I am a gardener and understand that next year should be better! Can it be worse?

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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

Andrew Babicz July 8, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Pick bulbils from lily stems and pot them up to raise new plants Give shrubs and perennial plants a liquid feed Cut down delphiniums once flower spikes fade Take cuttings

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What to do in the Garden – 10th to 17th June

What to do in the Garden – 10th to 17th June

Andrew Babicz June 10, 2012 0

Flowers Keep baskets and patio pots watered and fed. I know, with all this rain you might still need to water! Spray roses to protect them from pests and diseases Cut the foliage of

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What to do in the Garden – Fourth Week of May

What to do in the Garden – Fourth Week of May

Andrew Babicz May 20, 2012 1

Generally If I was to give you a tip this week, I would say if you are a keen gardener, write down everything you do in the garden. This not only becomes a good

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What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

Andrew Babicz May 7, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside Plant out potted alliums in groups to add interest to flower beds Prune spring-flowering shrubs

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What to do in the garden – First Week of May

What to do in the garden – First Week of May

Andrew Babicz April 30, 2012 0

Generally Looking back to last years blog we had 28 degress and cracks in my lawn that I could put my hand into…………………….  well what a difference this year!  The wettest April for over

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What To do in The Garden – Second Week of April

What To do in The Garden – Second Week of April

Andrew Babicz April 9, 2012 0

The Flower Garden Sow sunflowers outside, directly where you want them to bloom Trim winter-flowering heathers, removing faded flowers and tidying up their shape Pick off faded flower heads from hyacinths, to prevent them

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What to do in the Garden – First Week of April

What to do in the Garden – First Week of April

Andrew Babicz April 1, 2012 0

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed Sow hardy annual flowers

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What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

Andrew Babicz February 27, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Prune out old stems of elder (Sambucus) to promote new growth from the base Cut back last year’s Buddleia stems to ground level Hard prune trees that respond to pollarding,

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What to do in The Garden – Fourth Week of February

What to do in The Garden – Fourth Week of February

Andrew Babicz February 19, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Sow sweet peas in deep pots and pinch out once two pairs of leaves have developed Cut back old stems of mallow (Lavatera) to ground level. Take care not to

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What To do In The Garden – Second Week of February!!

What To do In The Garden – Second Week of February!!

Andrew Babicz February 6, 2012 0

                                                                A week

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What To Do in The Garden – Last Week of January

What To Do in The Garden – Last Week of January

Andrew Babicz January 23, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Cut down willows and dogwoods to their base to promote strong new canes Finish taking hardwood cuttings from shrubs, trees and roses Plant bare-root roses, hedging, trees and shrubs Pick

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What To do in The Garden  – Third Week of January

What To do in The Garden – Third Week of January

Andrew Babicz January 15, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Dig up congested clumps of winter aconites and transplant to new sites Improve the soil the soil by spreading compost or manure over beds and forking in Move plants growing

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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of January

What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of January

Andrew Babicz January 8, 2012 0

The Flower Garden Cut back ornamental miscanthus grass before new shoots start developing Trim back ivy and Virginia creeper from around windows and guttering Clear away dead foliage from perennials, chop it up and

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What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

Andrew Babicz January 1, 2012 0

In The Flower Garden Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop Cut down old stems of sedums, taking care not to damage new shoots Clear borders and rake up

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Andrew Babicz December 18, 2011 0

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What To do in The Garden – Fourth Week of December

What To do in The Garden – Fourth Week of December

Andrew Babicz December 18, 2011 0

Generally This time of year is for tidying up, cutting things back and looking back over the year to observe your successes and failures in the garden. Hopefully learning from these! Wash flower pots

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What To Do in The Garden – Third Week of December

What To Do in The Garden – Third Week of December

Andrew Babicz December 11, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden   Spread compost on to flower beds for worms to work in over winter Collect fallen leaves showing signs of blackspot from around roses Fork compost into borders, but take

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What To do in The Garden – Second Week of December

What To do in The Garden – Second Week of December

Andrew Babicz December 4, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden   Clear away annual climbers, like sweet peas and morning glory, and cup and saucer plants growing up trellises or obelisks Pick seed heads and evergreen foliage and mix with

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What To Do in The Garden – Last Week of November

What To Do in The Garden – Last Week of November

Andrew Babicz November 20, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden Clear faded growth of golden hops and annual climbers from pergolas and trellis Plant bare-root roses in well-prepared soil Transplant shrubs and conifers that have outgrown their position Cut down

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What To Do in The Garden – Third Week of November

What To Do in The Garden – Third Week of November

Andrew Babicz November 13, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden Check stakes and ties are secure on trees and climbers Move containers of shrubs or winter bedding to a sheltered spot when conditions turn very cold Plant new rose bushes

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What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

Andrew Babicz November 7, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level Finish planting tulips as soon as

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What to do in the garden – First Week of November

What to do in the garden – First Week of November

Andrew Babicz October 30, 2011 0

In the Flower Garden Cut late-summer-flowering clematis right down to soil level Divide congested clumps of perennials such as asters, campanulas, rudbeckias and chrysanthemums after flowering Plant bare-rooted roses Dig up and compost exhausted

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What to do in the garden – Third Week of September

What to do in the garden – Third Week of September

Andrew Babicz September 13, 2011 0

Generally Raise the cutting height of your lawn mower and continue composting clippings Wash out and top up bird baths regularly Stretch netting over ponds and water features to prevent autumn leaves blowing in

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What to do in the garden – First Week of September

What to do in the garden – First Week of September

Andrew Babicz August 29, 2011 0

Generaly This last week of heavy rain has really put a dampner on summer bedding. The poor petunias are sad and as far as Gazanias are concerned, mine have not flowered for weeks! We

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What to do in the garden – Fourth week of August

What to do in the garden – Fourth week of August

Andrew Babicz August 23, 2011 0

eneraly Around The Garden Remove suckers from roses, shrubs and around the base of trees, like cornus and sorbus Trim box topiary and hedging Cut laurel hedges using secateurs so you don’t damage the

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What to do in the garden – Third Week of August

What to do in the garden – Third Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 17, 2011 0

Generally The third week of August, I cry “where has the month gone?” Well I’m a happy bunny today because yesterday I visited my allotment plot. Yes I have an allotment plot. The weeds

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What to do in the garden – Second Week of August

What to do in the garden – Second Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 7, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden Deadhead flowers of lady’s mantle before they set seed Water camellias to make sure they don’t dry out while the flower buds are developing Buy bulbs for autumn planting including

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What to do in the garden – First Week of August

What to do in the garden – First Week of August

Andrew Babicz August 1, 2011 0

Generaly The slugs and snails are still active and on last weeks Gardeners World we saw a couple who grew Hostas by the thousands!  My first reaction was ” what about all those slugs

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What to do in the garden – Fourth Week of July

What to do in the garden – Fourth Week of July

Andrew Babicz July 17, 2011 1

Flower Garden Jobs Take cuttingsfrom shrubs including pyracantha, cotinus, hypericum, potentilla, honeysuckle, ivy, hydrangea, spiraea and rosemary Prune out plain green shoots from variegated trees and shrubs Cut lavender for drying when in full

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What to do in the garden – First Week of July

What to do in the garden – First Week of July

Andrew Babicz July 4, 2011 0

Generally It’s July and for me it means not only busy in the garden keeping it lovely and tidy and watered but it is Britain in Bloom judging time! I’m judging the South and

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What to do in the garden – Last Week of June

What to do in the garden – Last Week of June

Andrew Babicz June 26, 2011 0

Generally If you have not already done so now is a good time to pot up houseplants. Tired plants can be revived and leaves cleaned. Many housplants can stand being put outside for the

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Sunday Best – Alternative Gardening Tips

Sunday Best – Alternative Gardening Tips

James Potten June 19, 2011 0

Sat in for Andrew Babicz this week in order to provide my own brand of gardening advice. I shall reproduce these tips for you here in case you missed the show – you’re welcome.

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What to Do in the Garden – Second Week of June

What to Do in the Garden – Second Week of June

Andrew Babicz June 5, 2011 0

Generally It’s that time of year again when the “In Bloom” entries come rolling in, the judges are ready for July but we need your help!  My guest on Sunday Best was Cllr Jim

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What to do in the garden – First Week of June

What to do in the garden – First Week of June

Andrew Babicz May 31, 2011 0

Generally The rain on Thursday was very welcome however we still need more! The promised rain in the SE did not appear! With the rain on Thursday came cooler weather but also strong winds.

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What to do in the garden – Second Week of May

What to do in the garden – Second Week of May

Andrew Babicz May 8, 2011 0

Generally What a week for weather! A high of 26 and a low of 4 in my garden. Low enough to get a ground frost and indeed at a meeting of Hutton horticultural society

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What to do in the Garden – First Week of May

What to do in the Garden – First Week of May

Andrew Babicz May 2, 2011 0

Generally Temperatures are 15c less than last week! Last week we had high of 28c and low of 3c. Native plants and hardy shrubs can cope with this and indeed the cooler weather makes

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What to do in the garden – Third Week of April

What to do in the garden – Third Week of April

Andrew Babicz April 17, 2011 0

The daffodils are over but there are seedlings all over the garden of various plants such as Lunaria annua “Variegata” one of the few variegated plants that come true from seed. Dig seedlings up

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What to do in the garden – First Week of April

What to do in the garden – First Week of April

Andrew Babicz April 3, 2011 0

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed Sow hardy annual flowers

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Interview with Christine Walkden

Interview with Christine Walkden

Andrew Babicz April 2, 2011 0

Tune in for my interview live on Sunday at 11am. I’ll be talking to Christine about her new book No-nonsense Vegetable Gardening

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What to do in the garden- Last week in March

What to do in the garden- Last week in March

Andrew Babicz March 28, 2011 0

In the Fower Garden Fill gaps in flower beds with primulas and polyanthus Prune forsythia and flowering currants as soon as flowers have faded Leave daffodil foliage intact for at least six weeks after

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What to do in the garden – Third Week of March

What to do in the garden – Third Week of March

Andrew Babicz March 13, 2011 0

The Flower Garden * Sprinkle granular fertiliser round roses, shrubs and along the base of hedges * Sow sweet peas into deep pots * Transplant evergreen shrubs and conifers to new sites * Place

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What to do in the garden – Second Week of March

What to do in the garden – Second Week of March

Andrew Babicz March 6, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden * Plant lily bulbs in pots for colourful summer displays * Prune shrub roses to low new shoots * Cut back overgrown honeysuckle stems close to their base, just above

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Charlie Dimmock Interview

Charlie Dimmock Interview

Andrew Babicz March 1, 2011 0

I had the great pleasure to interview Charlie Dimmock at a garden exhibition and played the interview on Sunday  Best recently. It you would like to hear it again just click the link below

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What to in the garden this week – First week of March?

What to in the garden this week – First week of March?

Andrew Babicz February 27, 2011 0

Don’t be a slave to all those gardening magazine that are telling you to sow seeds outdoors now if the conditions are not ideal Often these magazine are written 3 months ago and cannot

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RHS London Plant and Design Show 2011

RHS London Plant and Design Show 2011

Andrew Babicz February 20, 2011 0

I had the pleasure of visiting the show this week. A first for me. Some of the UK’s well known nurseries were there and as it was a Spring Show nurseries such as Avon

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What to do in The Garden – Last Week of February?

What to do in The Garden – Last Week of February?

Andrew Babicz February 19, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden * Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds * Cut out dead stems of ceratostigma and hardy fuchsias * Prune all stems of Hydrangea paniculata down

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Should we ban smoking in parks and gardens?

Should we ban smoking in parks and gardens?

Andrew Babicz February 17, 2011 0

This month’s Poll is about smoking in Parks and Gardens. Please do give me your vote whether we should ban smoking in gardens? This comes after New York has banned smoking in Central Park

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What to do this week in the garden

What to do this week in the garden

Andrew Babicz February 12, 2011 0

In The Flower Garden * Sow sweet peas in deep pots and pinch out once two pairs of leaves have developed * Cut back old stems of mallow (Lavatera) to ground level. Take care

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What to Do In The Garden This Week 16/01/11

What to Do In The Garden This Week 16/01/11

Andrew Babicz January 16, 2011 0

The Flower Garden · Dig up congested clumps of winter aconites and transplant to new sites · Improve the soil the soil by spreading compost or manure over beds and forking in · Move

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What to Do in The Garden This Week!

What to Do in The Garden This Week!

Andrew Babicz January 7, 2011 0

Gardens look a bit of a mess after snow so when it is dry and frost free get outside and clean up those leaves that have fallen recently. Some trees still have their leaves

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