HIHS On Line Magazine: February 2020

Links to This Month's Articles

Home Page Photo: Daphne bholua
Huge Potato Harvests?
Growing Chillies At Home
Gardening On Clay Soil
Five Great Glasshouses To Visit
Care for Your Orchids
Traditional Gardening Thoughts
Hayling Island In February
Garden Chemicals: Labels Explained
Start Sowing Vegetable Seeds

Home Page Photo: Daphne bholua

Daphne bholua
Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill’
flowers February through into March,
filling your garden with a cinnamon-lemon fragrance.

Ideal for small gardens or in a pot.
Incredibly hardy surviving temperatures well below freezing
Will live happly for 10 to 15 years.

RHS guidance

Huge Potato Harvests?

The Organic Garden Magazine - April 1945 edition,
gave this advice on:

The Secret to Huge Potato Harvests.

Growing Chillies At Home

Chillies generally make small contained plants,
which can be grown on a kitchen windowsill.
They also look decorative, with their colourful fruits.

The hottest chillies need starting early,
sow seeds now in a John Innes loam-based seed compost.

Thompson Morgan guide to growing chillies

Gardening On Clay Soil

Clay soil, don’t panic, as some renown gardens,
including Great Dixter and RHS Rosemoor,
have been created on heavy clay soil.

So long as you keep adding organic matter
and treating the soil structure right,
over time you can get the better of clay soils
and both enjoy a floral display
and productive kitchen garden.

Clay soil efficiently holds nutrients enabling trees,
roses and shrubs to do really well,
together with certain perennials.

Avoid drought-tolerant plants with either
aromatic, silver or finely divided foliage.

Links to RHS guidance;
Working with clay soil.
Plants suitable for clay soil.

Five Great Glasshouses

Forget the cold grey of winter,
and visit one of these great glasshouses:

Royal Horticultural Society Wisley.
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.
The Eden Project Bodelva.
The Winter Garden, Sheffield.
National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Care for Your Orchids

Get your orchid ready for the forthcoming Spring Show.

Locate orchid plants well out of any direct sunlight.
Use at half strength a general-purpose feed.
Do not over water or stand in water.
Ideally use tepid rainwater.
Occasionally spray the foliage.
Grow in a specialist orchid compost or open medium.
Re-pot only when the roots have filled the pot.
Stake flower stems to keep upright.

Use this link for: RHS guidance.

Traditional Gardening Thoughts

The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.

You can bury a lot of troubles
digging in the dirt.

An addiction to gardening is not all bad
when you consider all the other choices in life.

A garden is a thing of beauty
and a job for ever.

A busy hoe gathers no rust.

A gem is not polished without rubbing,
nor a garden without trials.

Old Gardeners Never Die,
they Just Go To Seed!

Hayling Island In February

The sea is at its coldest in February,
So February is our coldest month.
During periods of light winds and high pressure,
frost and fog can also become a problem.
However average UK warmest winter temperatures,
occur on the south and west coasts.
Hayling Island's Average February stats:
Average dayly high temperature 8.8c (47.8f)
Average dayly low temperature 4.4c (39.9f)
Average monthly rainfall 50mm (1.97inchs)

Garden Chemicals: Labels Explained

Correct use of chemicals can control pests, disease and weeds.

It is important to read the label, to establish
how to use the product safely and effectively.

Link to: RHS guidance.

Start Sowing Vegetable Seeds

Now is the time to begin sowing under cover
vegetable seeds such as leeks, onions and celeriac.

Get the vegetable bed ready by removing weeds,
fork in well rotted manure or compost and
cover to keep dry and to warm up for future planting out.

Link Suttons Seeds: Beginners Guide to Veg Growing.

Seeds are available now from our Trading Centre.

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