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Peter’s Gardening Weather alert!

Very cold weather is forecast for the coming week ahead and has been aptly named ‘The Beast from the East’!  It is always a good idea to be prepared for the worst so here are my top tips to help you.

My Top Tips:

  • Take down netting on fruit cages. Anticipate snow and severe penetrating frosts.
  • Move pots and containers closer to buildings and pack together. Fleece or bubble wrap ones that you can’t move.
  • Check insulation for your greenhouse and stock up on fuel for heaters, check it all works!
  • Have spare fleece to lay over plants in the greenhouse like a blanket. Two layers can keep -5℃ off plants!
  • Turn off all outside taps and drain down hoses. Insulate as well.
  • Sharp sand on paths and patios works fabulously to give you grip.
  • Protect potatoes chitting (sprouting) or stored from frost and any other corms or Dahlia tubers.
  • Stock up on coal, logs and bird food.
  • Hunker down and armchair garden!

Stay warm … Brrrr!

Kind Regards, Peter

p.s  I am happy to answer any of your gardening questions too, so feel free to leave them below and I will do my best to reply! 

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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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