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This Month's Gardening Tasks.


Garden maintenance.

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No more excuses. Find out what needs to be done this month to keep your garden neat and tidy.

Specific Gardening tasks.

Moriati's Compost Method.

Find out how to make the finest garden compost using the minimum of effort and money. This article remains pretty much in its original form as it appeared in 1998 apart from the gradual addition of photos. Moriati not only invented this method of composting, he is also responsible for the now common term 'Green Dalek'.

Making neat lawn edges.

Edges of the lawn can make or break the beauty of your garden. Learn how to make nice edges to your lawn in this step-by-step guide.

Sweeping leaves.

Don't you just love them. One minute they look lovely on the trees, next they are all over the garden. The only easy way to deal with this is to pay someone else to do it, but why do so many folks insist on making the task as hard as possible for themselves? Get clued up.

Caring for Wisteria.

Wisteria is one of those plants that when grown well is a classical show stopper, but in the wrong hands can stubbornly refuse to flower.

Caring for Hydrangea.

Hydrangea plants require complex pruning once a year if they are to be a real asset to the garden. Step-by-step guide with photos.

Coming shortly..

Tools of the Trade.


Caring for Lawns.


Caring for Hedges.


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January's Gardening Tasks.

People are always asking me what a Gardener does in January when there is no work.

This may seem to be the case as nothing appears to be happening. Nothing growing, no flowers, no grass to cut. Nothing!

Look a little closer though, and you will see there are plants flowering, and most are growing. Most of the growth is underground with new roots developing, but many spring bulbs are fattening up the flower buds. Spring is not far away.

Regaining control is the theme for this month and now is the best time of year to get to grips with any overgrown garden. As plants are growing at a sedate pace, the gardener is able to put all his or her effort into one or two tasks at a session without worrying that the rest of the garden is racing out of control.

The list below is designed to assist you to take control, and will make life much easier later in the season.

List of tasks.


Gardening mystery no. 9:
How do worms know it is September?

Suddenly, the beautiful green lawn is covered with little piles of sticky mud that can make mowing the lawn and even walking extremely difficult. These are worm casts produced by the thousands of worms under the lawn.

The worms suddenly start cleaning out their tunnels from the beginning of September, and continue until about Easter. All the mud is dumped on the lawn surface in neat piles where they soon get tangled in the growing grass. (Forgive the over simplification).

The result is a muddy lawn that can become unpleasant to walk on, and the lawnmower gets choked. To remedy this situation requires good healthy aerobic exercise, regularly raking and sweeping. (You have to pay a fortune for this kind of torture in a gymnasium, but the lucky lawn owners get to do it for free). Rake and disperse them with a standard lawn rake or a good besom broom if you can find one.



The list of tasks for this month have been selected to assist you to ease out gently into the gardening routine and take control while the garden is quiet. Most jobs can be done in small work stints, or even left till later. Avoid doing long spells at one job as this will lead to blisters and aching muscles.

Tasks listed this month are mostly once-a-year jobs and should be accomplished before the end of March so there is no panic to finish the list. When the weather turns against you, stay indoors and plan your summer flower scheme.