Gardening Tasks


  • Dig over soil, for winter’s frost to break down, adding manure and compost.
  • Make a composting trench for next seasons runner beans.
  • Continue harvesting parsnips, kale, leeks, winter cabbage,
    chard, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
  • Not too late to plant garlic and onions
    which can be purchased from our Trading Centre.
  • If weather is mild still time to plant
    roses, shrubs, conifers and soft fruit.
  • Take hard wood cuttings from cornus, forsythia,
    philadelphus, ribes, gooseberries and currents.
  • Take root cuttings from anchusa, phlox, verbascum,
    oriental poppy and acanthus.
  • Bird net brasssicas and remove unhealthy leaves.


  • Check boundary fences and stake posts,
    pergolas and arches for wind damage or rot.
  • Sterilize wash cloches, cold frames, pots and containers.
  • Protect clay pots and troughs from frost damage.
  • Water greenhouse plants sparingly.
  • Verify stored gladioli, begonia, canna, dahlia and
    chrysanthemums are in good condition.
  • Watch out for mice damage.
  • Remove dead leaves from overwintering fuchsias,
    and geranium.


  • Time to prune vines and plant new.
  • Opportunity to prune overgrown laurel, yew, camellias,
    acers, walnut, birch and maple trees.
  • Apples, pears, quince, currants and autumn raspberries
    can be pruned any time up to march.


  • Check stored fruit, any decomposing feed to the birds.
  • Tidy up the shed.
  • Clean, sharpen, repair and oil garden tools.
  • Take petrol driven mowers and chain saws for service.
  • Check outside taps for insulation damage and any leaks.
  • Apply bird netting to best holly branches with berries
    for Christmas decorations.
  • Plant hippeastrum (amaryllis) in pots.


  • Keep poinsettias in a warm but not hot room
    away from cold draughts, water frugally.
  • Keep your Christmas tree outside
    until the last minute and water well.

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

100+ Club
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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.