Wet Weather Leads to a Slug Onslaught
A mild winter + wet spring + a ban on a certain type of slug pellet = slug invasion!
New Ban on Slug Pellets
Slugs are on the move and, for the sake of wildlife, one weapon in the shed is being phased out. Slug pellets containing metaldehyde will no longer be legal after next year. Gardeners need to think about alternatives, and to act now. The rasping teeth of slugs are already chewing at your new shoots.
A slug pellet based on ferrous phosphate is still OK for use in the garden. These still kill slugs but instead of dying on top
If you're interested in growing your own fruit and veg, this seasonal guide explaining what to grow and do in the greenhouse at each stage of the year will be of great help.
One of the most valuable assets any gardener may possess is a greenhouse. For those gardeners fortunate enough to have one, the growing season can be extended. This enables gardeners to make the best use of the sun for longer periods of time.
A wide range of fruit and vegetable crops can be produced in a greenhouse. Furthermore, since the greenhouse environment can be controlled, providing heat and extending the growing season it is important to understand which crops to plant during the different seasons of the year.
Get Planting with Raised Beds and Planters
As we finally welcome warmer weather, it's the favourite time of year for most gardeners. And it’s raised beds and containers that allow gardeners across the UK to get ahead of the game.
Both can help with earlier sowing and planting and are easy to protect if any cold weather dares to head back. Get the best from your beds and pots by following a few guidelines.
Raised beds are more easily managed than big wide borders. Weeding, watering, feeding and protecting your plants is far simpler when you are focusing on one area.
When constructing your raised beds, it's a top tip to line them with empty compost sacks (folded inside out so the black part is showing into the bed). This will protect the wood from water damamge - especially if your planter is not pressure treated.
Remember to occassionaly check newly constructed raised beds
Your Guide to Buying a Lean to Greenhouse
A greenhouse makes so much more of the gardening year: you can start growing early in spring; you can finish late in autumn; and you can keep things looking great over winter.
But a greenhouse can take up a lot of space. You do after all need a few feet all around a traditional greenhouse for maintenance and to allow light into the structure. So, if you want a greenhouse but are limited on space, look no further than a lean to greenhouse. They are fantastic.
A lean to does what it says in the name – they lean against a wall. I’ve seen them leaning against sturdy fencing to great effect. The pent shape roof then slopes downwards and, voila, you have a superb growing area.
The benefits of a lean to greenhouse
Size: Lean-tos can be small – capable of growing a growbag of tomatoes or a few tender plants – or as big as
Spring Garden Guide: May tasks
As we bid farewell to April showers, you should be well into having created a wonderful spring garden.
May promises to bring with it some warmer days, warmer evenings, and hopefully a bit less rain! So now is the perfect time to move plants from greenhouses into the soil, and get your houseplants in order.
Download our Spring Garden Guide - print it and pin it to your fridge so you don’t forget what needs to be done in the garden this month.Download the printable May edition