Category Archives: This week’s tip

Autumn Vegetables – where did the summer go?

By | September 8, 2012

If you are under glass or have a polytunnel you still have time to plant things up to overwinter. You will get a catch crop by the beginning of November that you can continue harvesting through out the winter. As long as they have some green left they will regenerate when the light turns in the middle of February and will keep you in fresh greens through the hungry gap into May when the new seasons plantings start to work.

Easter in the Intelligent Garden plus RHS top jobs for April

Isobel has been sewing wild flower seeds to make a meadow area round the new fruit trees that aren’t getting the potato treatment this year. I’m looking to transplant a bit of comfrey for mulching into the other part of the woodland garden and am going to broadcast a bit of landcress which is a great self seeder and a good standby for winter salad.

How to Deer Proof You Garden using plants

By | March 15, 2012

Down here not a million miles away from the Ashdown Forest we have packs of wild deer roaming the countryside looking for things to munch. As part of the development of the Forest garden we have been protecting the fruit trees and Camellias with plastic mesh cages. However at the Intelligent Garden we like to work with nature where possible so I was delighted to come across this piece via Twitter. I’ve reproduced some of it because it’s so useful.

How to divide Rhubarb

By | March 13, 2012

The best time to do this is when the Rhubarb is dormant – in December to the end of February. We’ve left it a bit late this year because we’re in the process of developing the woodland garden here at the Glasshouses and in the pressure of work to get the ground cleared, hedge defined, potato plot organised etc, the Rhubarb got left until last weekend. However Finger’s crossed.

What to be getting on with this week

By | February 25, 2011

In the fruit and veg department get onions and cabbages sowed in seed trays, and start warming the soil up using fleece or cloches. The trick with plants is never let them get checked – by cold, cramping or drying out and keep an eye on them to make them stay vegetative if you’re growing leaves.