New veg seeds from Johnsons

Trio of healthy, colourful and disease-resistant crops

Kale Sympatic
Kale Sympatic. Picture; Johnsons

It’s new seed time again and Johnsons is introducing three exclusive varieties for the 2017/18 season.

Kale Sympatic (£1.79 for 250 seeds) offers a 10-month harvest when grown as a mature plant and a baby leaf variety. The baby leaves can be picked from June to December, while mature plants can be harvested from September to March.

Sow from March to September for a near constant supply – by sowing next month, you’ll have baby leaves until December.

It is extremely hardy (down to -18C) and vigorous roots provide resistance to wind rock. The attractive tightly curled leaves are Continue reading “New veg seeds from Johnsons”

Best multi-branching sunflowers

Size isn’t everything – go for multiple flowerers

Solar Flash
Sunflower Solar Flash is seen through pale lavender

In late summer, you reap the rewards of growing sunflowers, with the traditional huge yellow heads nodding over the garden.

However, it’s not all about size – popular big ‘uns like Russian Giant (3m), Mongolian Giant (3.6- Continue reading “Best multi-branching sunflowers”

Top 5 late-flowering roses

Three golden rules to prolong flowering

Rose Desdemona
Rose Desdemona

Keeping roses going until the first frosts is easy when you know how, especially if you choose varieties suited to late summer/early autumn flowering – here are five of the best from David Austin Roses.

There are three golden rules to follow:
1. Choose repeat-flowering varieties.
2. Keep dead-heading to promote new flowers.
3. Feed with a rose fertiliser in spring and summer to give them the energy to keep on flowering. Continue reading “Top 5 late-flowering roses”

Bare root plants and rose offer from Dobies

Cheaper, stronger plants with more choice

Dobies Autumn Catalogues 2017Going bare root is the savvy gardener’s choice – not only are plants cheaper than pot grown, there’s a wider choice of varieties to choose from. Plants are stronger, free-flowering and earlier to get going in spring.

Often people shy away from bare root because they don’t look great – they are dormant when they are sent out, unlike fresh-faced pot-grown plants.

However, planting in autumn when there’s still some Continue reading “Bare root plants and rose offer from Dobies”

Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017

Hottest new plants for next spring

Gardening is all about thinking what comes next and Suttons new Bulb and Kitchen Garden catalogues will brighten up next spring and give you inspiration for 2018’s harvest.

The Bulb Catalogue includes winter bedding plants, perennials, and shrubs, not just spring bulbs.

Cover star – and one of the best-looking flowers I’ve seen in a long time – is Ranunculus Clementine, with amazing orange blooms and vivid green centres. Continue reading “Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017”

Citrus plants: a complete growing guide

Lubera’s top tips for oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and more

Citrus
Step-by-step instructions for growing citrus fruits – a red lemon. Picture; Lubera

Citrus fruits are among the most popular fruit to eat, yet many gardeners shy away from growing them, fearing the plants to be difficult to grow.

Like most things, once you know how, they’re easy – here are some excellent cultivation tips from Swiss fruit experts Lubera.

The citrus harvest focuses on the winter months – mandarins, clementines as well as fresh oranges but the main varieties of oranges and lemons are available Continue reading “Citrus plants: a complete growing guide”