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We hope to bring you regular advice and tips for Gardeners. These are coming to you from Silver Hill Farms Horticulturist, Declan McKenna and thanks to Declan for providing us with this informative guidance to help us with our gardening. Hope you enjoy it and find it useful:


Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

 Buds are already starting to swell on fruit trees and bushes, so any bare rooted trees or bushes should be planted within the next few weeks.

 Pruning of apple and pear trees and blackcurrant bushes should be completed within the next week.

 Sow seeds of early varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce and onions in a tunnel or glasshouse to get a start on the season. You will need a heated propagator to reach the correct heat for germination and frost protection.


 Give your lawn a light trim if your lawn is well drained and there is no risk of leaving large tracks.

 If your lawn has lots of moss apply sulphate of iron and leave for ten days. Follow this up with raking out the moss from your lawn with a tine rake or for larger gardens hire a scarifier.

Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Tidy up any untidy shrubs removing any falling leaves that may be around the base of the plant as they can be a host for pests and diseases. Also give them a light trim, but be aware that some plants flower on the previous Year’s growth and pruning now could prevent them from flowering.

Bush roses normally show some growth and if not already done prune them this week.

Rose bushes can be planted at any time and we have a great range of Roses in our Farm Shop.

For any more advice call Declan: 0862699993

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