Beware of the Frost!

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Gardeners beware especially in the south, as there is a frost forecast for this Saturday and Sunday nights.

Just when we have been lulled into a false sense of security with warmer spring like temperatures, it is all set to change at the weekend, and become much colder at night.

Protect any fruit trees in flower including peaches, nectarines and plums with fleece or net curtains. Use clothes pegs to attach to the tree.  Peg on in late afternoon, and take off in the morning around 8 or 9 O’Clock onwards to allow the bees to pollinate. You can help pollination with a small paint brush or a rabbits tail if you have  one two hand, and go from flower to flower tickling the flowers bits gently!!  This will guarantee more fruit set if you can make the time. It can be very therapeutic.  Also great to involve the grandchildren – many hands make light work!

I’m sorry to say temperatures are set to drop, so watch the weather forecasts and protect tender plants and seedlings.

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Peter Mills

I love everything to do with natural history, wildlife, biodiversity and of course horticulture - basically the big outdoors. I grew up with very good teachers namely my parents and my French grandfather who was a superb grower of vegetables. At Hadlow College I studied a three year OND in Horticulture. I had a market stall selling plants. Went onto wholesaling house plants to florists and garden centres across southern England. In 1986 I joined Clandon Park Garden Centre as manager. Whilst there I started my career as a gardening radio presenter with the BBC Southern Counties Radio. This continued for 15 years, building up valuable contacts with the RHS Wisley, live broadcasts from Chelsea & Hampton Court Flower shows, South of England & Surrey County shows etc. Since 1998 I have been self-employed, working as a Head Gardener and in private gardens . Through the RHS Advisory Department at Wisley I advise on horticultural problems in members gardens, including pest & disease problems, lawn-care advice, pruning of wisterias, fruit trees, roses, wildlife gardening, growing fruit & vegetables, creating wildflower meadows, identifying plants and control of pernicious weeds. Autumn 2016 finds me at the Autumn Flower Show 6-8 of September at RHS Wisley and Taste of Autumn Sunday 23rd of October. Sunday 11th of September I am cycling from London to Brighton for Perennial ( Gardeners Benevolent Fund) who helped me when I broke my leg badly in 2014. Had the plate removed in February this year. My Just Giving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Peter-Mills14 Perennial is a Fabulous Charity who help anyone working in horticulture. I didn't think I would need their help at the age of 52! They were brilliant and helped us as a family. It's my turn to repay their help and others too! John Ambrose and I have raised over £ 2000.00 thank you all. I am an extremely lucky guy who loves what I do and the trade called Horticulture!

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