GARDEN BULLETIN AUGUST
For most of last month and early August we have had virtually no rain, with the temperature reaching the high 20oc but this is not great for plants. Especially lawns with have really suffered turning brown. We gardeners having to water containers and hanging baskets a lot more. But as the weather changed so did our gardens with plant coming into bloom and lawns turning green again.
Lawns – have suffered greatly over recent weeks due to the lack of rain, as a result some Gardeners have watered the lawn to keep it green this was a waste of valuable resources and only encourages the lawn to produce more roots near the surface. So don’t water your lawn leave it until the rain comes plus good temperatures the lawn will quickly recover and green up and start to grow again. You can also give your lawn a good feed such as Evergreen Fast Green or if you have weeds or moss in your lawn us Evergreen Complete 4 in 1 . We also stock the New Evergreen Natural 4 in 1 which is a feed with natural products which prevents weeds and moss coming into our lawn. It is not advertised as Organic but it is very close.
Roses – Have been very good this year due to the dry sunny weather (until now) a lot less disease and to my surprise less greenfly but it is still good to spray every 2-3 weeks with a fungicide to control Blackspot rust and mildew use Fungus Clear and to keep the roses growing well give them a high potash feed such as Toprose or Westland Rose Fertilizer.
Vegetables – This has been a good year for growing vegetables so long as you kept them all well watered or they may bolt (go to seed). We have no vegetable plants left but you can still sow some beetroot, carrots, radish, spinach, kale and broad beans. Onion sets and shallots are due in soon. Keep a careful watch for caterpillar’s o cabbages, cauliflower and sprouts if spotted pick them off or spray with Bug Clear.
Summer Bedding Plants – These have also grown very well this year, brightening up our containers and hanging baskets and keep dead heading so more flowers keep coming. Check carefully for greenfly spray with Bug Clear keep baskets and containers well watered and don’t rely on the rain, the flowers and foliage will act as an umbrella and the water will not always get down to the roots. Keep feeding one a week with a high potash feed such as Phostrogen or a Tomato Feed. Potash makes flowers.
Autumn Bedding Plants – It is still early to plant if your summer bedding is looking good, but we do have in Pansies and Violas, use Westland Multi Purpose Compost.
Slugs & Snails – We have very little problem when the weather was hot, dry and sunny but now we are having some rain the little devils have become active, chewing their way through a variety of our plants and young emerging foliage (Particularly Norma’s Hostas). We have a range of slug and snail products in the Centre plus organics products if you prefer. We have slug traps or Slug Gone Wool Pellets and Slug Wool Blankets. If you are really keen to get rid of them you can go out into the garden in late evening and pick them up and dispose of them.
New selection of Alpines – Sometimes known as Rockery Plants this group of plants only grow between 10-15cm high and 10-40cm spread. They like good drainage so add horticultural grit. These plants look good in sink gardens, Rockeries and front of Border. The majority of alpines like a sunny position, and to prevent heavy rain splashing soil on them put down a layer of grit or small stones, this will also keep slugs and snails off them
Empty Space in the Garden – It is a good time to visit the centre to see what is in bloom or has attractive foliage.
Hydrangea Nepeta Agapanthus Leucanthemum Alstromeria Roses Astilbe Rudbeckia Geraniums Fuchsia Lavender Geum Potentilla Eryngium Lobelia Gypsophilla Penstemon Salvia Hollyhocks Sedum Heuchera Gazania Cosmos.
PEAT – There has been a lot of debate about Peat and the use of it in Horticulture and the damage that peat extraction is doing to the environment. Many Garden Centres in England are stopping selling compost which has peat in it. I believe that the Consumer Gardener should make their own decision on what they want to use. We have a good quality compost which contains peat. We also have compost which does not have any peat in it, the choice is for you the consumer to make.
House Plants- We have a new range of house plants in, including large specimens, cacti, bonsai and flowering house plants. If possible put grit or small stones around the indoor plant to help with humidity. Always feel the compost before watering to avoid overwatering or under watering. House plants should be fed every 14 days from March to September, using Baby Bio or similar house plant food.
Heathers – This group of plants are very hardy and evergreen and most varieties flower during the Winter months when there is less colour in our gardens. They grow between 30-45cm high and 30-60cm spread plant 40cm apart in lime free compost.
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From the team at Inver Garden Centre.
When planting improve soil with Growmore or Fish, Blood & Bone fertiliser.
Summer flowering bedding should be in full bloom keep dead heading and feed regularly
Autumn Lawn Feed
Now is the time to apply an Autumn Feed to the lawn