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Winter is coming to an end now and you should really be thinking about getting ready for the spring season. Here are our expert’s ‘must-do’ jobs for February

  • Prepare your vegetable beds for sowing seeds. Mix well-rotted manure and garden compost to improve the soil texture.
  • Sharpen tools such as secateurs and loppers - blunt tools can damage your plants
  • Pinch out the tips of sweet-pea seedlings when they get to 8-10cm tall
  • Start sowing your broad beans. If soils are very wet or clay rich, sow them in individual pots and leave them in a cold frame
  • Replace your nets back on your fruit and vegetable cages
  • Cover your empty vegetable beds with cloches, tunnels and fleeces
  • Make sure your greenhouse is in good working order. Installing a ventilator will help give the correct amount of air to your plants when needed
  • Towards the end of the month, begin sowing your seeds in the greenhouse. If your greenhouse is heated you can do this a bit earlier
  • Chit your potatoes – if you’re new to chitting watch this video on the BBC Gardener’s World website. Visit for this year’s list of potato days.
  • Make sure your winter pruning is complete. Have a look through our Calendar of events for pruning workshops throughout the country
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There are always a variety of events happening around the country. See below our pick for this month

Throughout February
Snowdrop Weekends, 11am – 4pm, Chippenham Park
See a carpet of white in gardens of a listed House

2nd February
Seedy Sunday, 10:30am – 4pm, Brighton Corn Exchange
UK's biggest and longest-running community seed swap event

5th February
Composting with Worms, 7:30pm, Coopers Hill Centre, Bracknell
A fascinating insight into a worms’ ability to turn household waste into fantastic compost

5th February
Winter pruning course, 10am-3:30pm, Cothay Manor & Gardens, Wellington, Somerset.
Gardening Course 1 of 4 - Prepare your roses for summer

9th February
Pennard Plants’ Own Potato Day (the original), 10:30am – 2:30pm, The Constitutional Club, Somerset
visit potato-days.netfor more potato days

11th February
Fashion & Garden tour, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Garden Museum, London
If you’re interested in fashion and gardening then this tour is a must for you. The first of its kind, this exhibition seeks to explore the relationship between fashion and garden design.

12th February
Garden History Society Lecture 6.30pm, 70 Cowcross Street, London.
Gardening columnist Tim Richardson provides an overview of the ever changing attitudes towards gardening

14th February
Valentine Lantern Walk, 6pm:8:30pm, Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
Enjoy the lantern lit garden on the most romantic evening of the year. After having a romantic stroll around the pinetum and cherry trees, finish off with either a cake and hot drink or a 3 course meal

15th February
Rose Pruning Workshop, 9.30am-2.30pm, Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford, Kent.
Demonstration of pruning techniques, also includes a hands on session

19th February
Plant it, grow it, eat it 12pm Trengwainton Gardens, Cornwall
Get creative – see how to plant seeds, grow them and then eat the fruits of your labours

21st -22nd February
RHS London Plant & Design Show
A great way to start off the gardening season – this year they incorporate London Potato Days displaying a large variety of potatoes. There will also be chitting demonstrations to help you get the best out of your potatoes.

24th – 28th February
Apple Pruning, Berrington Hall, Leominster
Join the garden team as they give the Orchard a makeover ready for spring.

Posted in Gardeners Diary By Rachel Cain

Fruit Cage Review

18/02/2014 16:49

At William James we pride ourselves on customer service and quality British made products. We love to hear your feedback about your experience with our products and see photos of you assembling, using and enjoying them.

Mr Frank Hooson sent us the following review and photos after assembling his Premium Aluminium Fruit Cage this weekend.

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Spring is just around the corner: the days are getting longer, sunny days are becoming more frequent and many of you are tweeting pictures of your first bulbs appearing. March's jobs mainly consist of tidying up your garden, preparing the seedbeds and cutting back your winter shrubs - here are our experts tips:

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Calendar of Events - March

28/02/2014 13:18

Has the sun made you think more about your garden? Have a look at our events around the country for inspiration

Throughout March 
Camelia Festival, 10.30am – 4.00pm, Chiswick House 
The Camellias of Chiswick House are widely regarded as one of the finest Collections in the country.

Throughout March 
Spring Spectacular, 12pm, Kew Gardens 
Join Kew Garden’s guides for a tour of the Gardens, exploring the spectacular spring bulbs and blossom displays

1st March 
Pruning Roses & Wisteria, 10.30am - 11.45am, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Woburn Abbey Gardens  
Join the Woburn Gardens team as they undertake pruning tasks on the roses and wisteria

8th - 9th March 
Get Your Garden Ready, 10.00 am — 4.00 pm, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 
A 2 day course to provide new or inexperienced gardeners with the know-how to get their garden ready for the coming season.

23rd March 
National Garden Scheme, 12.00 – 4.00pm, Royal Gardens of Goldsborough Hall 
Goldsborough Hall are delighted to be opening their doors again and allowing you to explore their gardens


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Growing your own vegetables and creating and maintaining an edible garden has never been more popular than it is now. The increasing price of healthy, organic fruit and vegetables in supermarkets compared to the relative low cost of seeds make growing an edible garden a sensible choice, as well as an enjoyable one. With celebrity chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver encouraging everyone to grow their own vegetables, there are a growing number of novice gardeners who are starting to create their own garden and allotment vegetable patches.

Here at William James & Co. we have put together a guide to starting your own vegetable garden.

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Easter marks the start of the serious growing season for many gardeners. Indoor sown seeds are well into their growth now, whilst many crops can be sown directly into the ground – just watch out for the inevitable ‘April Showers’. Here are our top tips for April:

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Next time you crack an egg ready to cook don’t be so quick to throw the shell away. Not only do eggs have multiple uses, but their shells are quite handy too!

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Calendar of Events - April

25/03/2014 14:42

With Easter just around the corner, we have a look at the Gardening events happening around the country over Easter and during April.

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28/04/2014 13:16

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