What a scorcher!


Evelyn dahliasMy goodness, hasn’t the recent hot weather been wonderful. Mind you, it has presented us with a few challenges in the garden – mainly watering. I’m so pleased that I added Container Magic to most of my pots and baskets when I planted them in the spring, they’ve needed half the watering compared with the pots that weren’t treated.

My lawn has looked a little sad but it will soon pick up now we’ve had some rain. Occasionally though, a lawn will only partially recover from drought and may end up with a series of brown patches amongst the green grass.

A couple of QVC customers have asked me what to do when this happens and my friend Peter Benson, a top advisor to premier sports grounds, gave me the following advice…

‘Dry patches occur on lawns because the water cannot penetrate the soil to reach the roots. The symptoms may develop during dry weather, but the problem doesn't improve with the return of rain or by watering the patches.

The soil underneath the affected patches will be found to be completely dry. Any water applied will simply run off or sit on the surface of the soil. In extreme cases puddles may form on the surface following rainfall, as if the area is waterlogged, but the soil will still be bone-dry beneath. Spike the area densely, and attempt to apply some water each day for a few days. A wetting agent such as Wet n’ Gro may help. In severe cases that do not respond to treatment, the affected turf plus three or four inches of soil may need to be removed, and the soil replaced before re-seeding or re-laying with fresh turf’.

One of the really noticeable effects of the warm weather is that my tomatoes look to be producing a bumper crop so I’m really excited about that. My dahlias (‘Evelyn’ is pictured above) and sweet peas are looking wonderful, and the long caned Glen Ample raspberries have, as promised, cropped really well and I only planted them in March. On the downside, there are loads of pests around, especially blackfly, but I’m controlling them by spraying with Plant Invigorator every three to four days.

This weekend I won’t get that much gardening done as I’ve a special series of Anniversary shows on QVC, with lots of amazing offers – I do hope you can join me! 

Happy gardening


  1. Dianne Bolton August 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Richard, on today’s show you mentioned your Gardening Competition but I can’t find details of it anywhere. Please Help
    From fellow member Dianne Bolton

  2. Liz hedges February 9, 2014 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Hi richard,
    Please when will you bring your grass seed mix back in stock , the torential rain and my dogs have really punished what i laughably call a lawn!

  3. Carole Bevan June 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard can you tell me the best thing to use to get rId of clover, I have an abundance on my otherwise weed free lawn. Many thanks and loving the shows.
    Carole Bevan Isle of Man.

  4. Shirley Hockings July 9, 2014 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Please can you tell me the correct amount of Flower Power feed powder to put in a concentrate for a Superspray hose end bottle. You had the Superspray attachments on QVC a couple of years ago but I cannot find the details for the Flower Power, Superspray concentrate. I have only just got back into gardening following an ankle injury then I broke my kneecap so it has been difficult to do any gardening over the last couple of years. I now need to start feeding my veg again and I have Flower Power to use. Please help! I can’t find any other way of contacting Mr Jackson – I don’t do Facebook or Twitter!

  5. Sue Lee July 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Could you please tell me what to do with my lily bulbs grown in pots that have finished flowering? Thank you.

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