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Beware of the Frost!

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 has spent his life gardening, working in garden centres and advising in all aspects of gardening, wildlife, and bio-diversity in horticulture.He managed Clandon Park Garden Centre in Surrey at the age of 23 and was a gardening radio presenter with the BBC. This continued for 15 years, running live broadcasts from Chelsea & Hampton Court Flower shows, South of England & Surrey County shows.Now self-employed, Peter works on a wide variety of gardens from private to large estates and also concentrating on consultancy and advisory work to fellow gardeners. He works with the RHS Gardening Advice team at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Wisley Flower shows and is an RHS External Gardening Advisor

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