Spring gardening at last!


Spring colour in Richard's gardenAt last, it's time to really get gardening! To celebrate, I've popped some pots of colour on the front porch and it looks so much more colourful and cheering.

This weekend I'll be dusting down my heated propagator and sowing the first seeds, Tomato Sungold and Suncherry Premium (also known as Tomato Tomazing and Tomarvellous). They came out amongst the very best in a taste trial last summer so I'll be growing them alongside my other favourite Gardener's Delight (I'll be trialling the new grafted forms of these).

In the greenhouse, special Ranunculus (Persian buttercups) and florist anemones that Carolyn Whetman gave me to trial have just started to grow so they'll need potting up. Plus I'll check the overwintering Dahlia tubers while I'm in there. The garden borders need a tidy up, and I need to trim back the ornamental grasses that looked so lovely during the winter.

Probably the job that will make the most difference is treating the lawn to its first application of the year of Lawn Magic. The grass looks a bit yellow and battered after the winter snow, but the Lawn Magic will perk it up in next to no time. Not only will it turn it green, it will start to strengthen the grass for the spring and summer. It may sound a lot to do, but I love it. And I reckon if I can get a head start in the garden now, it'll really pay dividends in the spring.

Happy gardening,



  1. Dawn February 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    I have just ordered your lawn magic. I have a few areas where the dog has raced around over the winter that will now need returfing /seeding. Is it best to give the lawn a treatment with lawn manic before redoing these areas, or afterwards and feed the whole thing?
    Thank you.

  2. Mrs Joan Carter March 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    I ordered the lawn magic with the sprayer as a TSV. Richard I am disappointed with the sprayer as it is very fiece on the little plants and splashes the earth from the garden all over the plants, perhaps you could think of making one it with a finer spray for younger things. Can’t wait to see the results.

  3. Jeaneete Bennett March 8, 2012 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    A few years ago I purchase from QVC 2 ‘Hydrangea Trees’ which were absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed for 3 years. I have lovely photos of these but they have died through last winters harsh conditions. I have never seen these on QVC again. Will you be having them again?

  4. kevin goodrum June 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    hi richard bought the tsv hibicus four are doing fantastic one still looks like a stick have scraped the bark and still green but no sign of growth thanking you in advance kevin

  5. Marian Tunstall June 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    A short while ago you had a product on your programme which I was unable to get. It was something you put in the water when watering your plants that stopped water running off of dry baskets and endbled it to go through. Is it coming back or how can I get hold of some please.

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