Gardeners Monthly Corner (2023)


Gardener`s Monthly Corner

Month by Month Checklist

March at-a-glance

March is known to be windy........remember the old rhyme about March winds and April showers! and a sharp frost can still catch you out. In March days become longer, the ground is warming up and the weeds are starting to grow! the month of March is definitely all go but by keeping on top of it all in early spring, the rest of the gardening year runs like clockwork......Happy Gardening

General Garden Tasks

Spring clean the garden- fork over the soil in borders, weed and mulch.

Remove weeds and moss on paths and drives.

Deal with wormcasts and molehills.

Make the first cut of the lawns if it is dry enough.

Lay any new turf by the end of the month if you didn`t in Autumn.

Plant pot grown shrubs, trees and climbers.

Prune modern bush roses, vigorous climbing roses, coloured stemed

dogwoods and willow.

Tidy up patio roses and species roses grown for their hips.

Move deciduous trees and shrubs and plant new bare-root plants

before they start into growth.

Renovate overgrown climbers.

Tidy up the rock garden, alpine screes and sink gardens, top up stone chippings and fill any gaps with new rock plants.

Divide snowdrops `in the green`.

Freshen up pots containing winter bedding.

Prepare soil, then sow lettuce, rocket, radishes, spring onions, leeks, onions, broad beans, parsnips, spinach, turnips and early varieties of carrots and peas.

Plant early potatoes frown in pots undercover; plant outdoors at the end of the month.

Prepare an asparagus bed for planting next month.

Spring clean the fruit garden, weeding and mulching everywhere.

Plant rhubarb, pot-grown fruit trees and bushes and strawberry plants.

Water pot grown fruit.

Clean the greenhouse.

Sow tomatoes, chillies, sweet-peppers, aubergines.

(Video) Charles Dowding's no dig garden in May

Pot up plug plants and young plants as soon as possible after delivery.

Star dormant begonias and dahlia tubers by potting them and keeping in a frost-free greenhouse.

Plant early crops of summer cauliflowers and summer cabbages in pots.

Water and hand-pollinate strawberry plants.

Clear netting from ponds in time to stop emerging marginal plants becoming entangled but be mindful of herons!.

Feed fish if weather is warm and fish are active.

Watch out for

Slugs, snails, woodlice and greenfly under glass.

On cold nights cover vulnerable plants with horticultural fleece.

Plants in their Prime

Erica, Daphne, Spirea, Viburnum, Garrya, Mahonia, Skimmia, Clematis `Freckles` Forsythia, Jasmine, Malus, Bergenia, Hellebores, Primula, Viola, Iris retiuclata, Primroses, winter flowering pansies, Anemone blanda, Arabis, Saxifraga,Tulips.

April at-a-glance

As if to prove that spring is really here, the blossom is out in force in April with everything from flowering cherries to garden fruit trees contributing to the show. On those perfect early spring days, when the air is clear, the sun is shinning, and the blackbird is trilling away in the tree tops, get out in the garden and enjoy it.........Happy Gardening

General garden tasks

Spring clean borders, keep on top of weeding and hoeing.

Feed roses, borders, hedges, trees, shrubs and spring bulbs with general-purpose feeder.

Treat moss and weeds and re-seed barre patches.

Sow grass seed to make a new lawn if you cannot wait until autumn.

Mow lawns once a fortnight or once a week in really mild weather.

Feed acid-loving plants.

Prune winter jasmine and hydrangea, and tie in shoots of climbing or rambling roses, wall trained shrubs and newly planted climbers.

Tidy up hedges and clip if necessary, although this would usually be next month.

Wait for six weeks after flowers of spring bulbs are over before cutting the foliagedown.

Towards the end of the month plant dormant dahlia tubers outside.

Plant new alpines and top up scree bed with gravel and grit.

Continue to sow hardy annuals outside.

Remove insulation from borderline-hardy plants.

Plant spring bedding and summer bulbs in pots.

Plant alpine troughs.

Sow broad beans, summer cabbage, Brussel sprouts, early peas, summer/autumn cauliflower, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beetroot, radish, spring onions, lettuce, rocket, turnips, parsnips, swiss chard, chicory, carrots and onions.


Plant first early, second early and maincrop potatoes.

Earth up shoots of early potatoes to protect them from frost.

Look after your veg - water and hoe regularly, thin out and transplant seedlings.

Give support to peas and beans sown earlier.

Watch out for flea beetle, particularly on rocket, turnips, radishes and some brassicas.

Harvest the first overwintered spring onions, and the last of the sprouting broccoli and swiss chard.

Sow hardy herbs.

Plant and tie in a new grapevine and figs.

Check and harvest forced rhubarb.

Feed blackcurrents, blackberries and hybrid berries.

Prune stone fruit trees if necessary.

Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days but shut it down mid-afternoon to retain the heat at night.

Towards the end of the month, start standing bedding plants and frost tender vegetables outside on fine days to harden them off gradually.

Prick out seedlings and pot up any cutting taken last year.

Repot any permanent greenhouse pot plants that need it.

Take stem-tip cuttings from pot-grown hydrangeas and leaf cuttings from Cape primroses.

Sow tomatoes.

Tie in vine rods.

Thin out vegetable and salad seedlings.

Spring clean the pond.

Divide overgrown plants and put in new water plants.

Towards the end of the month, start feeding your fish.

Watch out for

Slugs and snails on newly emerged perennials.

Flea beetle on vegetables.

cold damage.

Plant in their Prime

Corylopsis, Forsythia, Magnolia, Ribes, Spirea, Camellia, Mahonia, Clematis varieties, Darmera, Epimedium, Helleborus foetidus, Polygonatum, Gold-lace polyanthus, Viola, Erythronium, Tulips, Muscari, Arabis, Aubrieta, Narcissus, Pulsatilla, Saxifraga.

May at-a-glance

May is the end of spring and the start of summer depending on how you look at it. May is, for me, one of the most exciting months in the garden, because you can see new flowers opening every time you step outdoors. Longer evenings and warmer weather, the best of the year is yet to come......Happy Gardening.

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General garden Tasks

From the middle of the month onwards plant bedding plants, pot-grown dahlias & sweet peas

Keep on top of weeding and hoeing

Feed established lawns if not done so in April

Mow lawns weekly

Prune forsythia & flowering current after flowering

Tie in new growth on climbers and wall shrubs

In mild climates move tender conservatory shrubs in pots outside

Clip beech, hornbeam, box and Leyland cypress hedges late this month or early next

Support perennials

Divide clumps of primroses after flowering

Sow seeds of perennials

Cut back alyssum, arabis & aubritea after flowering

Continue dead-heading & feeding spring flowering bulbs

Plant & train sweet peas

Plant tubs, troughs,window boxes & hanging baskets in the middle of this month at the ealiest

Water the vegetable patch regularly in dry weather

Sow swede, beetroot, maincrop carrots, autumn cabbage, peas, swiss chard, radish, lettuce & spring onion, calabrese, & cauliflowers

Direct- sow frost-tender vegetables, e.g. French & runner beans, sweetcorn, courgettes, squashes & pumpkins

Plant out leeks

Continue earthing up potatoes

Harvest asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rocket & over wintered onions

Water soft fruit bushes with swelling fruit & newly planted fruit trees.

Protect strawberries from grey mould & birds

Ventilate the greenhouse well by day, & water plants more frequently

Apply shading paint to greenhouse

Damp down regularly

Continue to prick out & pot on seedlings, cuttings & young plants

Continuehardening off bedding plants & frost tender vegetables by standing them outside on fine days, but return to the greenhouse at night

Plant tomatoes in early May & sweet pepper, chillies, aubergines, melons & cucumbers in late May

(Video) Monthly Gardening Checklist for May

Water, feed, trim & train new plants regularly

Harvest baby potatoes

Add new floating plants to ponds

Divide over-grown waterlilies or put new waterlilies in the pond

Remove unwelcome weeds

Introduce new fish to the water garden & continue to feed fish

Watch out for

Late frosts

Pests in containers, in greenhouses, in the garden & in conservatories

Plants in their Prime

Berberis, Contoneaster, Kerria japonica, Magnolia, Potentilla, Ribes, Sambuscus, Spirea, Viburnum, Camillia, Ceanothus, nChoisya, Cistus, Clematis varieties, Ajuga, Brunnera, Eremurus, Dwarf bearded iris, Paeonia, Papaver, Polygonatum, Trollius, Dicentra, camassia, Tulips, Alliums, Pulsatill, Viola.

June at-a-glance

Watch out for

Plants in their prime

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Is garden answers free? ›

The app is free.

How do I subscribe to garden answers? ›

Garden Answers app is a free download and free to use the automated search as often as you want. There is an option to subscribe to premium for $3.99, which is charged annually on the same date each year. Subscriptions are managed through your Apple or Google Play account on your device and not through the app.

What does garden Answer husband do for a living? ›

With the success of Garden Answer, Aaron was able to quit his job with the cable company and focus exclusively on making videos. Laura continues to write and perform in the videos, but keeps her hand in the gardening biz through her work at the family garden center.

Is garden Answers a good app? ›

Verdict. The Garden Answers is rated fairly well, with a rating (out of 5 stars) of 3.8 on the App Store and 3.3 on Google Play.

How can I get free gardening? ›

Local City or County Government. Depending on where you live, you might be able to get free gardening supplies from your local government or park service. Some local governments offer programs to help provide seeds, mulch, or other supplies to their residents.

What is the best free plant recognition app for Iphone? ›

PictureThis® identifies 1,000,000+ plants every day with 98% accuracy - better than most human experts. Get your gardening questions answered and become a “green thumb” with the plant identification power of PictureThis!

Is garden worth it? ›

Growing your own food is a healthy way to save money and enjoy fresh produce at home. When done correctly, even the smallest backyard plot can produce copious amounts of fruits and vegetables and possibly even a significant saving to the grocery budget.

Is my garden app free? ›

Download the free MyGarden App for your device. Feedback and comments are welcome by contacting our helpdesk.

How do you select the best site for a vegetable garden? ›

The primary considerations when selecting a site for a vegetable garden is the amount of sunlight, soil type and other factors. Vegetables grow best in well-drained, fertile soils. A well-drained soil is one through which water moves quickly. Vegetables grow poorly in heavy clay or poorly drained soils.

Who is Laura from garden Answer married to? ›

My name is Laura and I, along with my husband Aaron, created Garden Answer!

Who pays for the work on Garden Rescue? ›

The cost of the design and labour (for two days) will be met by the production. Your budget will be used to pay for all the materials used in your Garden Rescue makeover, and, by prior agreement, any specialist or additional labour required by your particular design/garden. What are the dimensions of your garden?

Who owns the Garden House? ›

Fortescue Garden Trust

After their deaths in the 1980s ownership passed to the charity, which maintains the Fortescues' lovely legacy. Today, a board of Trustees oversees The Garden House and actively seeks support to fulfil its objectives.

Who left Garden Rescue? ›

The duo left the BBC show last year

It's been a while since Harry and David Rich stepped away from Garden Rescue, and now the gardening duo - better known as the Rich Brothers - have shared a huge update on their new horticultural project.

What free app tells you what's wrong with your plants? ›

Planta can help you figure out what's wrong. Get the right diagnosis and set up a treatment plan to cure your plant. - Light meter: Find a plant that suits every corner of your home!

Which app is best for giving answers? ›

Socratic by Google on the App Store.

Which app is best for ask questions and get answers? ›

  • Quora Ask Questions Get Answers. 4.3. Free. A free question-and-answer app. ...
  • SnapSolve: Doubt Solving App. Free. Free app for students. ...
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  • Medscape. 4.4. Free. ...
  • Socratic - Homework answers. Free. This app has the answer to all your problems. ...
  • BBC News. 4.3. Free. ...
  • Wikipedia. Free. Download. ...
  • Answer - Ask Questions Doubts. 4.7. Paid.

How do I get free seeds in the mail? ›

Go to the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS).

Don't worry, there's no charge for seeds. The USDA will even pay for shipping if you do not volunteer to pay. In fact, the USDA doesn't even ask for a credit card.

Are there any free plant help apps? ›

There are a variety of plant care apps available, including: PlantSnap: Identify plants, flowers, and trees with your phone's camera. Plantix: Diagnose plant diseases and pests with your phone's camera. Garden Answers: Get answers to your gardening questions from experts.

Is there a 100% free plant ID app? ›

LeafSnap Plant Identification

And you can access it completely free of charge. Just snap a photo of a plant, cactus or mushroom and the app will do the rest.

Is there a completely free plant identification app for iPhone? ›

Pl@ntNet is an application that allows you to identify plants simply by photographing them with your smartphone.

Does iPhone have a free plant identifier? ›

What you need is PlantSnap, an app that takes advantage of the machine-learning framework built into iOS to instantly identify more than 300,000 species of plants, flowers, and trees. All you have to do is take a photo. Simply snap a photo of a plant to identify the species.

What food is cheaper to grow? ›

They're inexpensive to buy, have a high yield, and won't take much time to cultivate.
  • Tomatoes. Most tomato plants will produce at least eight pounds of tomatoes. ...
  • Zucchini and Summer Squash. ...
  • Leaf Lettuce. ...
  • Green Beans. ...
  • Herbs. ...
  • Berry Bushes.
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Is gardening as good as walking? ›

Yes, indeed. Gardening is similar to other moderate to strenuous forms of exercise like walking and bicycling. Gardening works all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and abdomen. Tasks that use these muscles build strength and burn calories.

What are the best foods to grow to save money? ›

To save money, grow more expensive items, like tomatoes and melons, or large quantities of vegetables that you purchase regularly. Consider vegetables like beans, beets, onions, spinach, broccoli, peppers, carrots, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, peas, and Swiss chard.

Which is best plant identifier app? ›

The Best Plant Identification Apps
  1. PlantSnap. Download It: Android and. IOS. ...
  2. Planta. Download It: Android and. IOS. ...
  3. Leafsnap. Download It: Android and. ...
  4. GardenAnswers. Download It: Android and. ...
  5. iNaturalist. Download It: Android and. ...
  6. Pl@ntNet. Download It: Android and. ...
  7. PictureThis. Download It: Android and. ...
  8. Plantix. Download It: Android.
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Do plant identification apps work? ›

The Rutgers study found that while species-level identification by leaf pictures was not always the most accurate (83.9% to 40.9% accurate), across all the apps observed, genus-level identification by leaves was pretty good, reporting accuracies from 97.3% to 71.8%.

Is there an app to help with gardening? ›

Gardenize is an app that helps you plan and manage your garden. You can track your plants, add notes and photos, and set reminders. Gardenize also has a built-in planting calendar, so you can see when it's the best time to plant different crops.

What is the most efficient garden layout? ›

As a general rule, put tall veggies toward the back of the bed, mid-sized ones in the middle, and smaller plants in the front or as a border. Consider adding pollinator plants to attract beneficial insects that can not only help you get a better harvest, but will also prey on garden pests.

What is the secret to growing tomatoes? ›

Tomatoes are a warm-weather crop. They don't tolerate frosts, and they don't like cold “feet”. Warming up the soil prior to planting improves early root growth and gets the plants off to a better start. It's a tomato growing secret many gardeners don't always consider.

What side of yard is best for vegetable garden? ›

Your garden will need to receive six or more direct sunlight hours per day, all year. Really though, you're aiming for as much sun as possible. Ideally, you'll position your garden on the south side of any tall structures, such as homes, garages, tall sheds, and fences.

Who is the garden answer girl? ›

Laura LeBoutillier is an internet sensation. And in the gardening world, that's saying something! In the five years since she and her videographer/husband Aaron started making Garden Answer advice videos, Laura has collected a social media following of more than 5 million people.

Who owns Andrews Seed Company? ›

Upon the passing of Mr. Stubstad in 2003, the business was purchased by David Polhemus and Mike & Susan Kurth. In 2016, David retired, and sole ownership passed to Mike & Susan, who continue to run the business to this day.

Why are Rich brothers no longer on Garden Rescue? ›

However, it has since been announced that the Rich brothers and Arit are leaving the show after the upcoming sixth series. Find out why… The BBC announced that the experts would be leaving to make way for new horticulture pros to have their time on the show.

Why is Charlie not on Garden Rescue anymore? ›

Charlie's time on the show was rocked by scandal as she split from long-term partner, John Mushet, after she had an affair with Ground Force microphone operator, Andy Simmons. The TV presenter has since spoken out about the affair and said she has no regrets about what happened.

Who is replacing the Rich brothers on Garden Rescue? ›

It was also revealed that three new faces would be taking over the show. Lee Burkhill, Flo Headlam and Chris Hull are set to join Charlie for series seven onwards.

How did Laura and Aaron LeBoutillier meet? ›

Laura LeBoutillier was working at her parents' garden center in Eastern Oregon, and husband Aaron was working at the local cable company. Their lives changed when Aaron bought a new camera that happened to also take video and a relative suggested he use it to make instructional ones with Laura as the on-camera expert.

How many cats does Laura from garden answer have? ›

Laura: We have two sweet orange cats. First off, we have Russell who is a 6-toed polydactyl we adopted from the humane society. He loves to follow us around and be involved with all our projects.

Where does Monty the gardener live? ›

Monty Don's Herefordshire garden, Longmeadow, is well known to garden enthusiasts around the UK as the setting of BBC's Gardener's World, and its yearly cycles are well documented on the broadcaster's social media feeds.

Where is USA Garden Center located? ›

Where is USA Garden Center located? USA Garden Center's headquarters are located at 7761 S Cherry Ave, Fresno, California, 93725, United States What is USA Garden Center's official website?

Where is garden Tower project located? ›

Garden Tower Project | Bloomington IN.

Who is the disabled female gardener on gardeners world? ›

Sue Kent - BBC Gardeners' World Live.

Have the Rich brothers left garden rescue? ›

The duo left the BBC show last year

It's been a while since Harry and David Rich stepped away from Garden Rescue, and now the gardening duo - better known as the Rich Brothers - have shared a huge update on their new horticultural project.

Who is the new gardener Lee on Garden Rescue? ›

Lee Burkhill is a British television presenter, garden designer and horticulture expert, best known for his appearances on gardening programmes and BBC's Garden Rescue.

Who is the new presenter on Garden Rescue? ›

BBC's Garden Rescue is back in 2021 with the Rich brothers and Arit Anderson leaving the show and there are three new presenters joining Charlie Dimmock. The garden makeover show's new presenters are designers Chris Hull, Flo Headlam and social media star Lee Burkhill.

Where did Monty Don get his money? ›

On top of his presenting career, Monty is a prolific writer and has penned numerous horticultural books, including the bestselling The Complete Gardener. He also writes regularly for national newspapers, so we wouldn't be surprised if the gardening expert has amassed quite a fortune over the years!

Why did Adam from gardeners World sell his house? ›

Following their bout of ill health, Adam and Sulina decided to sell their sprawling home Villa Farm, where he had tended to the beautiful gardens for over five years. The property was well-known to viewers of Gardeners' World, but downsizing was essential for the family's mental health.

What age is Carol Klein? ›


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