Whatever the month or the weather there is always a gardening job to do...
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January is usually the coldest month and your garden will need protecting from frosts, gale-force winds, heavy rain and possibly even snow.
This month there is hope ? there are signs that Spring is approaching, bulbs are appearing and wildlife are waking up as the light levels and temperatures increase.
Depending on where you live in the country, Spring has usually arrived by mid-March. The milder weather means it?s time to get busy sowing seeds, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden preparing for the busy season ahead.
The arrival of Spring should now be in evidence, with daffodils in flower and blossom adorning the trees. Frequent sunnier days and rising temperatures make it perfect gardening weather but expect to be caught out by the inevitable 'April showers'.
Spring bulbs will be fading now and the flower borders growing in leaps and bounds, summer is on it?s way. Sowing and planting out bedding plants can begin in some areas of the UK but please keep an eye on your local weather conditions.
By June 21st we are already at the longest day of the year, the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth, but this also means that weeds will sprout up from no where.
This is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Plants need to be kept looking good by regularly dead heading to enjoy a longer display of flowers. Keep any new plants well watered and remember to hoe off the weeds which thrive in the sunshine.
August can be one of the hottest months of the year ? this makes watering essential. If water butts are running low, grey water can be used wherever possible. If August is holiday time for you, plans may be needed to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden when you are away.
September is often a cooler, wetter month than August but as previous summers have shown this is not always the case and can often be glorious even if the days are becoming noticeably shorter.
Although we had some cooler days in September autumn is now definitely here for real and it feels colder. It is a beautiful time of year with the trees changing colour.
Leaves are falling all over the place and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rain. Move plants into a greenhouse or into a sheltered spot.