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