Author Archives for Jim Buttress

Tips for August 2020

August 1, 2020 11:18 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for August 2020

Complete summer pruning of currant bushes. Cut summer fruited raspberry canes down to soil level. Tie in healthy canes for... View Article


Tips for July 2020

June 26, 2020 11:13 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for July 2020

Thin overcrowded apples, pears and plums. If you do this now it means you will get larger and better quality... View Article


Tips for June 2020

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Plant out sweet corn 16″ apart but in blocks rather than rows as this aids pollination by the wind. Finish... View Article


Tips for May 2020

April 27, 2020 7:27 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for May 2020

Continue to earth up potatoes until June. Lift and divide overcrowded daffodil clumps. Gently separate offsets from parent plants and... View Article


Tips for April 2020

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If you did not prune your Lavender last autumn. do so now, using secateurs or shears to remove spent flower... View Article


Tips for March 2020

March 2, 2020 11:42 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for March 2020

Complete rose pruning this month, feeding afterwards with a proprietary rose fertiliser and mulching with garden compost or manure. Plant... View Article


Tips for February 2020

January 27, 2020 9:59 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for February 2020

Cut back late summer and autumn flowering Clematis (Group 3) 12″ from ground level. Prune autumn fruiting raspberries cutting all... View Article


Tips for Jan 2020

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You can winter-prune Wisteria this month or next, shorten shoots that were pruned last summer to two or three buds... View Article


Tips for Dec 19

December 2, 2019 9:44 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for Dec 19

Prune Acer and Betula before mid-December to avoid bleeding from cuts. Purchase seed potatoes at the end of this month.... View Article


Tips for Nov 19

October 30, 2019 9:41 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for Nov 19

Prune Acers now rather than in late spring to avoid the risk of bleeding sap. Plant tulips for spring flowering.... View Article