Gardening Tasks


  • Time to trim lavender and rosemary.
  • Cut back perennials and tidy the borders.
  • Prune wisteria and secure ties.
  • Keep hedges neat and under control.
  • Deadhead blooms to encourage repeat flowering.
  • Save seed heads of those required for next year.


  • Layer clematis, rhododendrons and border carnations.
  • Take cuttings of perennials, alpines and heathers.
  • Feed dahlias and chrysanthemums.
  • Remove side buds for better blooms.
  • Start to purchase spring flowering bulbs, which are
    available now from our Trading Centre.
  • Pot up specially prepared hyacinth bulbs for Christmas.
  • Position poinsettias away from draughts
    and artificial lighting to encourage better bracts.


  • Keep the bird bath clean and topped up.
  • Water containers, hanging baskets and new plants.
  • When watering use grey water wherever possible.
  • Regularly water and feed house plants.
    Link to pdf:RHS Liquid Feed Guide.
  • Maintain vigilance against pests and diseases.
  • Harvest produce and freeze or preserve for bleak winter.


  • Replenish your strawberry bed.
  • Prune summer fruiting raspberries, gooseberries,
    redcurrants, and blackcurrants.
  • Sow spring cabbage, winter lettuce and Brussels sprouts.
  • Take cuttings of herbs to overwinter. RHS guide pdf.
  • Top out runner beans for more energy into lower growth.
  • Top out tomato plants and feed to encourage fuller fruit.
  • Finish summer pruning apple trees and mature plums.
  • Begin harvesting maincrop potatoes if foliage has died.


  • Mow lawns regularly, water new sowings.
  • Don't water existing lawns, grass regrows after drought.
  • Take clippings to compost heap.
  • Turn the compost heap to speed even breakdown.

Latest News

Talk 28th March
On The Wild Side

No parking in grounds

HIHS Spring Show
Saturday 24th March

Schedule: Link to pdf.
Entry Form: Link to pdf.
Rules and Standards: Links.
Cookery Recipes: Links.
Novices Guides: Links.

On Line Magazine
March Issue.

February Meeting Report
BBC Radio Solent
Gardeners Questions

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2018 HIHS Holiday
Wales Information.

Members Newsletter
Spring edition.

2018 Outings Programme
View the schedule
Tickets still available.

Trading Centre
Manager's Latest Update
Open Wednesday and Sunday mornings.
Summer flowering bulbs in.
Seed Potatoes, Shallots and
Onion sets arrived.
6X chicken manure bargan.

Bowls Club Invitation
To HIHS Members.

Best Garden
2018 Competition.

Best Allotment
2018 Competition.