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Your January gardening to-do list

It’s mid winter, but there are plenty of jobs to get on with in the garden. Here’s our top 10:

  1. Cut down tatty stems of perennials such as sedum and clip ornamental grasses right back if you haven’t yet...
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OUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION: DO MORE GARDENING

It’s January 1st and with pen poised over a sheet of paper, we’re planning how we’re going to make the very best of 2020.  Some of us are focused on losing weight, getting fit and becoming more active.  Some are...
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Body, soul and gardening - Beat the winter blues with mindful gardening

Mindfulness – which put simply means living fully in the present, rather than worrying about the past or future - has huge benefits including stress relief and better focus.
 
Gardening is the perfect activity to connect with what you’re doing...
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Your midwinter gardening to-do list

It may be a quieter month in the garden but there is still plenty to do to keep the garden tidy and weed-free, ready for the year ahead.

  1. Clean and sharpen your tools such as secateurs to make them...
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Christmas gifts for gardeners

It’s getting to look a lot like that time of year! We have been really busy here in the Genus packing shed over the last week, as the rush to get gardeners their great gifts of performance gardening...

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Your December gardening to-do list

It's chilly, but there's still plenty to harvest, prune and tidy, and this is a great time to prepare for the busier months ahead.
  1. If your garden lacks winter interest why not invest in a shrub or tree with...
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Forget yoga, try gardening this winter

Exercise addicts are always trying to convince us of the benefits of yoga – increased flexibility, stronger joints and bones and a relaxed body and mind. But did you know that 30 – 45 minutes of gardening a...

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Your November gardening to-do list

It’s getting colder, the leaves are falling fast and it’s time to tidy up dead and tatty growth and prepare for winter.

  1. Protect slightly tender herbaceous plants like penstemon or Verbena bonariensis with a thick mulch.  With plants like kniphofias (red...
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Five inspiring ideas for your roof garden

Gardens don’t have to be at ground-level: there are plenty of city dwellers making the most of their available space by creating picture-perfect gardens on rooftops and balconies. Here are five ideas for your roof garden that are sure...

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Your October gardening to-do list

Autumn is the time to clear up the garden and begin soil preparation and bulb planting for next spring.

  1. Tall shrubs like buddleia which will be pruned hard in spring, can be reduced by about half their height, to...
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Autumn colour therapy

We have written a number of blogs about how great gardening is for improving gardener’s general levels of health and fitness.  Our health and wellbeing though, is not just a physical thing.  There are many aspects of our health which...

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Gardening and the five senses

Gardening is renowned for its therapeutic benefits, helping you to feel more relaxed, alleviating symptoms of stress and depression and allowing you to enjoy nature. In Japan, gardens are designed specifically to delight each of your five senses,...

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Your September gardening to-do list

There’s plenty to harvest this month. And with the days getting shorter and cooler, try to make the most of the remaining warmth and enjoy your late summer garden.

  1. Dig up remaining potatoes, lift onions on a sunny day...
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Gardening - a spiritual experience?

In her 1913 collection of poems, Dorothy Frances Gurney wrote,

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's Heart in a garden

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Harvesting

It’s a very busy time in the Genus garden.  The flower garden can pretty much look after itself for a few weeks, just a bit of weeding, tying in, and cutting back, but the veg patch needs lots...

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Your August gardening to-do list

Everything is growing very fast now, with plenty of harvesting, deadheading and seed-collecting to be done.  Here’s how to keep the garden looking good into autumn.

  1. Keep deadheading annuals, perennials and repeat flowering roses, cutting penstemon flowers back...
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Count the Painted Lady butterfly

It seems that we are heading for a mass influx of Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) over the next few weeks.  Although we get these butterflies regularly during the summer months,...

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Gardeners can play a part in Citizen Science

One of the surprising things to pop up in the Genus garden lately was a bright shiny green beetle that was all over the sage and lavender bushes.  Curiosity peaked, and when we Googled “shiny green beetle” we...

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Your July gardening to-do list

High summer is here with gardens in full bloom and plenty of vegetables to crop and enjoy. Here’s how to keep on top of it all:

  1. With garden centres teaming with tempting summer colour, this is a good time...
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June and July celebrate the rose

It’s the end of June and we are getting excited about Hampton Court Flower Show which starts soon.  One of the specialties of the show is...

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Cotswold strawberries ready for Wimbledon 2019

It’s just a few days to go before Wimbledon 2019 starts. It’s my only must-see sporting event of the year. The strawberries in the Genus garden have been in full production for the last fortnight, so we will be...

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