Paul's Top Tips

Welcome to Paul's Top Tips, where our award winning Volunteer Gardener Paul Mitchell will be sharing his expertise every week to get your garden ready for summer!

Week One

Week One

Hello all! My top tip this week if you can get out in the garden safely or in your potting shed it’s time to sow carrots, cabbage and cauliflower. As you can see I have got runner beans in the top of my little greenhouse, second shelf rose begonias dahlias and there’s one which I have found two weeks ago that have just come up, sunflower seeds! Have a nice week and I’ll be back with a top tip next week!

Make sure you check out the gallery to see what I’ve been doing!

Week 2

Week 2

Hello it’s that time of the week again! If you are growing a pear, apple or plum tree it’s time to cut it back to make sure it doesn’t grow in the summer. If you cut it in winter it will produce new growth in the summer, if you cut it now two three birds on the upright shoots to make it a smaller tree. I suppose the growing sunflowers it is time to pick them out now and for those who are growing annuals whether you brought in from a garden centre or under window sill it is time to harden off which means taken out in the daytime. I’m taking them back in at night to get them acclimatized and it is now time to sow sweet corn and sweet potatoes. Make sure you check out the gallery to see what I’ve been up to! 

Week 3

Week 3

This week I have put some photographs of my clematis, looking lovely. It’s also time to do your bonsais as you can see before and after photographs after having that spring flourish. Make sure you check out the gallery to see what I’ve been up to! 

Week 4

Week 4

If you have strawberry plants and your strawberries are finished you know you get little runners… If they are one year round plants do not let them grow as the following year your strawberries will be small. If you’ve got older plants say 3 or 4 years old then it’s best to let the little ones grow so that you can get take the old plants out. When your plant is 2 years old old-new can grow the runners that way you will have bigger strawberries!

Week 5

Week 5

This week’s tip is to get out your pens and paper to make a diagram of what you’ve planted, such as shrubs, foxgloves, delphiniums, lupins etc and note what went well and what didn’t so you know for next year. When August/September comes you can transfer them for next year’s flowering. Make sure you take time out over the next few weeks to sit in your garden and admire all your hard work!

Week 6

Week 6

My favourite garden flowers for you this week, as you will see they are dahlias. The orange one is this year’s seed from cross pollinated dahlias, the red one and the pink one as seen in the gallery. If you have got any dahlias, get a little paint brush, (make sure it’s a soft one) then wipe the brush softly on each of the stems. When you have done that cut a paper bag around it so the bees pollinate it anymore and you’ll be surprised at the outcome!

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