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Late Winter

The weather is still cold and the frost and snow are continuing to show us that the dormant season is still halting in our gardens but there are still some plants that keep the garden alive even in this time of the year. We still have to do few thing in the garden before the warmer days of spring.

For a beautiful summer display of lilies you can now plant them outside or in pots. You can still continue planting trees, shrubs and roses as they are still in their dormant period. It is better to choose now the bare-root type and to plant them immediately after you bought them.

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Mid Winter

As days are so short, you can spent your indoor evenings planning the coming season and placing orders for plants and seeds. When the days are bright you can still find some jobs to be done in your garden. If you have cleaned your garden in autumn now you could have a nice perspective and you can think of the major changes that you want to do in your garden design and to move structures if you want to change the look of your garden.

If the weather is mild you can still plant trees, shrubs, hedging or roses. Shrubs that have outgrown their allotted space or the ones that simply don't fit anymore in your future design can still be moved in this dormant period. Just take a look over our moving shrub article and you will see how to do it.

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Early Winter

The winter arrival bring day and night time temperatures drop, so few things are need to be done in order to prevent frost damage. Check that you have done all you can to protect tender plants and any crops in store. The shorter days mean less hours to work outside, but give you more time for planning the next year garden.

There are still some things that can be done in the garden. Finish cutting all dead perennials down to soil level and tidy flower borders to remove plant debris that could harbor slugs, snails and other pests. Add it to the compost heap. Fork over bare patches between plants to relieve soil compaction, working garden compost into the soil as you go.

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Late Autumn

In late autumn there are still so many things that need to be done in the garden, with ground to prepare and new shrubs, roses and hedging to plant. Tide up the garden by removing old crops and prepare the garden for the next plans.

This is the ideal time to start thinking and preparing a new plot for your next year vegetable. Dig over the site deeply while adding large quantities of well-rotted compost or manure. Grass can be dug in, turning it upside down in the base of a trench then covering it with soil to prevent re-growth. Plots that have been dug early can be left rough so that the frost and winter weather helps break down large lumps and birds can forage for soil pests.

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Mid Autumn

Shorten days trigger big changes for deciduous, woody plants as they begin to shut down for the winter by shedding their leaves and getting prepared for cold weather. Autumn colors transform the garden, changing almost daily as the foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs puts on a final show before falling. Annuals die off with the first frost and herbaceous perennials appear dead as their tops die away.

But this is not the end in the garden. Even parts of the plant that have died and been discarded have a purpose. Fallen leaves, shredded prunings and other plant trimmings all have a future role in the garden, as they are gathered up and recycled. Composted, they will provide part of the food system that will feed next year's plants.

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Early Autumn

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As we go by, we can say September is early autumn.

Let's have a look over our Green Zone. You may think that this season is one of the ugliest, because of the rains that start to fall, the days are getting shorter and the cold start to show in the mornings and evenings. But take the good side of things. It is exciting, because as we finish collecting the produce and start clearing away the remains of last season, we start making plans for the next seasons. The glorious autumn leaf colors of deciduous trees and shrubs will catch out eyes.

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Late Summer

This is the most easiest season in your garden because so many plants are looking their best now showing their colors and flagrances, so is the perfect time for you to simply relax and enjoy the show. If you still feel like doing something then there are some things that you can do this season.

For a tidy look of your garden, regularly dead-heading is a necessity. Flowers in hanging baskets and tubes, perennials and roses, they will all benefit from a regular dead-heading.

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Mid Summer

This is generally the hottest period of the year, the time when your garden is in its best shape, full of color and interest. The most common things that need to be done this time of year are dead-heading to prolong the flowering season, watering to keep the plants in good shape over the dry, hot periods and looking ahead to preparations for the next season.

Dead-head the plants from the garden as you walk by, carrying with you a pair of secateurs, and this job will not be a boring task. Don't forget the plants in baskets and containers, they also need to be dead-head, or else they will look messy.

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Early Summer

The weather is getting better and warmer and as the temperatures increase the need for daily watering is imperative for the plants to grow stronger and healthier. Everything is growing stronger and more fast now, and the weeds are not making exception. Keep them under control with a regular check of your borders and crops.

Complete your garden scheme by planting out now the tender bedding plants, directly in borders or in containers and then water them with a liquid fertilizer solution to give them a good start in their new location.

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Late Spring

The more and more busy days are keeping us out in the garden for all the jobs that need to be done, now that the days are warmer and longer. There are a lot of plants that can be propagate now from cuttings, a lot of work in the vegetable garden and keeping the lawn, hedges and beds in shape by mowing, trimming and weeding. Another important thing that need to be done now is regular feeding and watering.

Now is time to sow seeds of wallflowers and forget-me-nots and biennial flowers like honesty and Canterbury bells in a nursery bed. Also you can continue sowing directly into borders hardy annuals.

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