Colin Evans gardening tips
Buying plants for the garden can be a bit hit and miss, however there are some pretty easy to grow plants avaliable these day and I would recommend looking at Berginia "Silberlicht" better known as Elephant Ear Plant due to the large leathery leaves which are reddish purple which sit very well in a border under trees and shrubs. This lovely evergreen border plant will grow in most soils and will flourish well during wet winters and hot summers, all in all, a very easy plant to grow. The white bunches of flowers are borne on the ends of the new stems from March right through to August.
Place cloches or clear plastic sheeting over areas where you are planning to sow vegetable and salad seeds. This helps to warm up cold soils and dry it out, especially after all this wet weather, which helps the newly sown seeds to germinate quicker.
Feed fruit trees, bushes and canes with a slow release fertilizer of Sulphate Of Potash to help speed up sturdy growth during the early part of the growing season. This also helps to build up food resources for better quality fruit later in the growing season.
Protect peaches from Peach Leaf Curl by placing a layer of plastic or horticultural fleece over the trees. Most are grown on walls or fences therefore making it easier to cover the plant by attaching the covering at the top of the wall or fence. Peach Leaf Curl is a water borne disease spread by water splash so covering the plants will help to prevent infection. After late March uncover the Plants and spray a fungicide on a regular basis to prevent this and other fungal diseases taking hold.