Gardening January 2019

It’s now midwinter, with prospects of cold winds, heavy rain, frost and possibly snow. However, there are still things for the gardener to do even if you have managed to complete your winter digging and general tidy jobs.

The shortest day has passed, and we can all look forward to the start of a new season. Why not pay a visit to Farnborough Garden Centre to look at our extensive range of terracotta pots, decorative plastic containers, garden ornaments, wooden planters and barrels? At the same time, you can view our increasing range of conifers, evergreen shrubs, trees and climbers.

Monthly reminders:

Trees and Shrubs: clean and service machines, equipment and gardening tools. If your lawnmower needs attention, take it to a service centre now and avoid the spring rush.

Fruit Trees: spray now with a winter wash approved chemical. Pruning should be completed on clear days.

Seeds:  select flower and vegetable seeds for the coming season. We have a range of new season seeds now on sale at the garden centre including some specialist varieties. If using plug grown seedlings as well as seeds, these will be available at the garden centre next month.

Patio Pots lift all pots and containers onto blocks or pot feet to assist with drainage and help prevent frost damage. If your pots look waterlogged ask yourself if you added enough drainage material when you filled your container.

Seed Potatoes: the new season stock will be arriving at the garden centre shortly. Planning of your planting schedule should start now.

Wild Bird Care: provide feeders and feeding tables for garden birds, restocking regularly. Roosting pouches and birdboxes are on sale at the garden centre; these will provide ideal shelter during the chilly winter months. If providing nesting boxes, then you should start fixing these now to enable birds to commence choosing their breeding sites ready for spring. Our wild bird care selection includes various types of food, feeders and bird tables. We also stock a selection of wildlife care products.

Everyone here at Farnborough Garden centre would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous new year. We hope to see you again soon at the centre.

Pete’s Top Tips – Winter Care and Protection

Plant Protection.
Less hardy plants in pots or in the garden need extra protection from cold temperatures and high winds. Using a fleece or cover to protect these (including the pots) reduces the risk of damage.

Greenhouses.

If using your greenhouse in winter, then bubble wrap film insulation is essential to control the temperatures. Check heaters regularly and ventilate during warmer days to prevent mildew and fungus growth.

Ponds and Water Features.

Remove pumps and water features to prevent damage. If you have fish, then make sure there is always an open area if you cover the surface. In case of ice do not use a hammer to break it.

Snow.

If snowfall occurs knock off heavy snow from trees, shrubs and climbers before the added weight causes branches to break or fall.

Lawns.

Avoid treading on grass when it is frozen. Warmer spells are a good time to improve lawn drainage with lawn aerators or garden forks. Use sand to fill any holes.

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