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Sweet Pea Odorata Melody Rose

Sweet Pea Odorata Melody Rose

Colin Evans Gardening Tips

Winter may be here, but now is the time to sow the seeds of change. Get planting new varieties of sweet peas and cabbages for an easy-peasy garden that's fit for a king. Or go wild in the garden with summer shrubs.

The real gardening season is fast drawing to a close but that still means there are a few jobs still to do in the garden.

Pear tree orchard

Pear tree orchard

 I always cut the lawn when the grass is dry as the lawn will not only look better but can cope with all the weeds that will appear next spring.

If you are hoping to get a wild garden underway then take a trip to the garden centre and buy up some of the left over summer shrubs at a knock-down price. If the root system is poking through the bottom of the pot then you can be sure the shrub is a healthy one.

Get them home and plant them straight away.

Colin's plant of the week

Sweet Peas may seem like the sort of plant to forget about until the spring but you can sow the seed now if you have a sheltered spot in the garden or in an unheated greenhouse.

The new variety I will be growing this spring are Sweet Pea Odorata Melody Rose which produces beautiful large ruffled shaped blooms with bold pink rose-pink upper petals and white lower petals. They create an unusual and very decorative colour combination.

Either sow them now or wait until spring when you can plant them direct into the open soil or in pots for planting out later.

Apples

Apples

TOPICAL TIPS:

  1. Mulch over areas where spring and summer bulbs are planted to keep the hard winter frosts from damaging the new underground shoots.
  2. Apple and pear trees can be given a pruning when the days are dry and it's not  wet underfoot. Always give the tree a good look up and down before making any cuts as once wood is removed you can't stick it back again and the shape of a  lovely tree can be ruined for years.
  3. Brassica plants like cabbage, cauliflower and kale can now be planted if you have not already done so. The key is to have dug the ground well and worked in well rotted compost. Once planted, feed the soil with sulphate of potash to aid good root growth and once the plants begin to put on plenty of  foliage, feed with nitrogen.

Happy Gardening

last updated: 17/11/2008 at 12:07
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