Looking forward to springtime!


I always get excited at this time of year! The days are gradually getting longer, the snowdrops and hellebores are in bloom, and I’ve that happy feeling that spring is just around the corner.

Mind you, the forecast for the coming week is rather grim, with plenty of snow expected (or already arrived) in most of the country. If you do get a lot of snow, brush it off heavily laden evergreen plants to help prevent the branches breaking under all that extra weight. If at all possible, try not to walk on the snow covered lawn unless you really have to. Indoors, I’d suggest moving houseplants away from the windows on very cool nights so they don’t get too chilled.

robin snow

In the meantime, I’m getting my Golden Gark garden rake ready for any snow clearance, my Winter Trax for walking through the snow and ice, and of course keeping the bird feeders fully topped up. If it doesn’t get as bad as predicted, I’m hoping to sort out my greenhouse, start heating it and get everything ready for sowing the first seeds of the season. I’ve some rather interesting new varieties of tomatoes to test this year. I bought the seeds from a specialist nursery at a RHS London show last autumn and they sound mouthwatering. I can’t wait to start growing them!

Happy gardening!


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  1. Debbie February 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    hi Richard good motavating blog you give me lots of enthusiasm and excellent advice please could you tell me if youre fabulous all season plant food will be comming back in 2015 after wonderful results last year its yet another product i cant be without.i am just a amateur gardner ( not really that good) but i do have a go my dad is a fabulous gardner and always gives me loads of advice he cant believe how i have taken to it but i got the bug big time after watching some plants grow and come back again rhe next year it thrilled me to bits!!! only thing is i do unfortunatly have a terrible snail phobia and i have got to say youre slug&snail pellets are the best ever i dont think we will ever be able to rid them all.but i truly believe they have improved my infestations about 80% camt be without them either.so thankyou so much for all youre wonderful proffesional infectious enthusiasm&advice.long may you be on our screens.

  2. Jill Rycroft February 2, 2015 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    I’d like to ask your advice Richard but e-mail is the only technology I have, none of the others, I’m a begonia fan, the large style which you dry off in the winter and re-pot in the spring and having done this for many years they are now enormous and need very large pots which brings me to my dilema, you can appreciate that I use a lot of compost to fill the containers and wondered if you could suggest anything to fill the bottom of them as begonias are very shallow rooted and only need about 4″ to 6″ inches of compost to grow in, I do spread the compost on my borders at the end of the flowering season so it’s not wasted but as I’m ageining I have to consider the weight of the pots when I move them outdoors. Any suggestions you have I’d be grateful of. – Many thanks Jill

  3. QVC Copywriters February 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, thanks for your lovely note. I’m so pleased that you’re really getting into gardening. It’s a wonderful hobby and i hope you get as much pleasure from it as I do. I’m afraid the All Season Plant food isn’t being stocked by QVC again this year but the good news is that Flower Power will be a Today’s special value offer later this month ( Feb 21st ..but don’t tell anyone I told you!) . I’m delighted that you like my organic slug pellets too. Start sprinkling the pellets now as the slugs will be active and eating as soon as the temperature reaches 5oC and record populations are predicted for this season. Richard

  4. QVC Copywriters February 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, You could put chunky polystyrene chips in the pot before adding compost. then add a piece of planting membrane or similar on top, prior to filling with compost. the membrane will stop the compost gradually sinking down and filling in between the gaps in the compost. One other thing, recent trials have shown that begonias perform even better if the corm /tuber is eventually covered with an inch or so of compost when the plants are in their final pots. Happy gardening, Richard

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