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It’s time again to make a start

February into March can be a mixed month weather-wise, from sunshine warm enough to take your coat off, to snow or heavy freezing rain. So it’s all a question of timing. On good days, take time to get out in to the garden to work and look around and you will see that it is about time to make a start.

If the ground isn’t too frozen or waterlogged, you can dig the soil over, or turn any compost that you have. Tidy up any debris on beds and the lawn, if it isn’t too wet or frozen to walk on. Get organised and buy all the seeds and compost that you are going to need for the coming months.

Continue reading jobs for early spring here


pruningLast call on winter pruning

It may be the task you haven’t got round to but in early spring there’s still time to prune, cut back and shape. All our garden plants benefit from pruning, but it’s important to prune at the right time of year, in the right way.

The darker, colder and short days of midwinter are not always ideal to get out and take on the task. But don’t fret it isn’t too late. There is still plenty of time in late February and well into March to prune, cut back and encourage new life into your plants and shrubs.

Winter pruning advice continue here

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Getting the spring garden feed right

Tue, 19/02/2019 - 14:54

Most of us are about to be tempted to use spring fertilisers to help our plants make the most of the new season - but care is needed.

Knowing your onions!

Tue, 19/02/2019 - 14:50

An early start is often the trick for growing what is a must-have vegetable in the garden.

Onion sets are easy to grow and should be the first thing on the list for the new season.

Growing blueberries is easier than you think

Tue, 19/02/2019 - 14:45

For too often this super food berry has had a reputation of being troublesome - needing acidic soil, cross pollination and patience before you get the first fruit - but it is worth the effort.

Local Business Shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2019

Post date: Tue, 19/02/2019 - 11:23

St Bridget Nurseries in Exeter has been shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2019. These awards were introduced in 2012 to celebrate the family business sector and the contribution that family firms bring to the UK economy and the communities in which they operate.

Compton Acres wins two Dorset tourism awards

Post date: Thu, 06/12/2018 - 15:02

The popular privately owned gardens at Compton Acres has won two awards at the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards, scooping a bronze in the Small Attraction of the Year category, and gold for Café/Tearooms of the Year.

Blooming good news for small scale growers at Devon County Show

Post date: Tue, 04/12/2018 - 14:16

The Devon County Show has announced that it is to introduce a new section to the Craft & Garden feature for 2019 which will enable small businesses operating in horticulture to benefit, for the first time ever, from the 91k strong audience that visit the show over three days in May.

Westleigh Farm, Westleigh, Lydeard St Lawrence 26 May 2019

Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:47 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice A stunning two acre garden, set amongst the Grade 2 listed Georgian Farmhouse and stone barns. Steps lead onto grass terraces and borders bursting with flowering shrubs and perennials, plus a productive vegetable garden. The rill, ponds and a stream attract many wildlife visitors, with the garden stretching far beyond the garden walls to ancient flowering meadows and a recently replanted orchard.

By Appointment in June 2019 The Old Vicarage , Leigh, Dorset

Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:34 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice throughout June, you are invited to take a scenic stroll around the beautiful garden at the Old Vicarage.

You will be able soak up the idyllic views, and wander through the exquisite rose garden. After a leisurely walk around the pond, you can relax in our summerhouse with a cup of tea and slice of cake , included in the entry price.

As pet friendly care home of the year, your four legged friends are very welcome to join you on leads !

Parking and WC on site

Little Orchard, East Huntspill 28 April 2019

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 15:17 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice ,on Sunday 28th April 2019 , between 11.00am - 4.00pm situated between the Crown Inn and the Crown Stores in east Huntspill, parking on road . Entry £3.00 per adult, children under 16 free.

Whitehill & Bordon Gardening Club

Event date
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30
Forest Community Centre Pinehill Road Bordon GU35 0BS United Kingdom

Whitehill & Bordon Gardening Club

Event date
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30
Forest Community Centre Pinehill Road Bordon GU35 0BS United Kingdom
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