Hugh's Gardening Tips

Hugh's Gardening Tips

Each month Hugh Turrell, the Council's Horticultural Assistant will be offering residents his top gardening tips.

Well hello 2017….

Just when you thought Hugh’s tips was just for 2016, Fear not I’m back. It is not a case of what’s new for 2017 but ‘Hugh’s new’ tips for 2017. This Month is often considered as the coldest of the year, we all should be settled in to the winter weather by now all wrapped up ready for the snow.

January is a funny month as you can often feel a little down especially when you take a look at your bank balance and realise you’d spent far too much over the festive period on stuff you really don’t need. Well glum not my fellow humans for this is the month to ease the waist line and get those joints moving again and what better way to do this than with a spot of gardening. You cannot beat eating your own produce grown by your own fair hands, it’s far healthier than shop bought produce and more importantly it’s great for the soul.

Here’s my gardening advice and tips for January

  1. Recycle your Christmas tree either by placing in your garden waste bin or shred for mulch around your garden.
  2. Start pruning your Apple trees and pear trees. Remove any crossing, rubbing, weak, dead, diseased, damaged and dying branches. Shorten the previous year’s growth on each main branch by a third with the bud facing out. Leave the young shoots so they can develop new buds for the following year.
  3. Dig over your vegetable plot, giving the soil plenty of aeration for the upcoming growing season. Double dig if you have the time and energy.
  4. If you bought any bulbs and haven’t had time to plant them, you still can do so if they are still firm and mould free.
  5. Clean all plant pots and greenhouse ready for spring.

Plant of the Month - Garrya elliptica ‘silk tassel bush’

A vigorous evergreen dioecious shrub or small tree that is native to California and southern Oregon (USA). The leaves are oval to roundish that are dark green above and felted grey beneath.

The long grey green male catkins flower in January and February, the silken tassels on this evergreen shrub make a stunning winter feature.

Best grown in well drained soils in full or partial shade.Garrya



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