Gardening Jobs for August

Posted: 31 Jul 2023

Hello August - The month of our popular food & drink festival! 

Simon, our Garden Centre Manager, has put together a list of August gardening jobs before we head into the Autumn. 

 

  • Make sure water butts are in position, ready to collect much needed rainwater.

 

  • Introduce nematodes to outdoor tubs to help control Vine Weevil infestations. 

 

  • Feed and dead-head Roses and bedding plants to encourage more flowering.

 

  • Keep feeding planted tubs and baskets to help keep energy levels up and keep growth and flower production up.

 

  • Under watered Camelias will not produce flowers next year, so be sure to water regularly.  They prefer rainwater, but from the tap is better than none.

 

  • Prune rambling Roses this month, removing older material to leave approximately two thirds of the plant to be tied in.

 

  • Make sure trees and shrubs planted this year are kept well-watered.

 

  • Keep your eyes peeled for blight symptoms of yellow legions on tomato leave, brown stems and black fruit.  Immediately remove infected material and hope it doesn’t spread. 

 

  • Plant rooted strawberry runners where they are to fruit for the next 3 years

 

  • Pinch out the tops of tomato plants grown outdoors, to push the energy into ripening the last of the fruit.

 

  • Expose grapes to the sun by removing foliage that’s in the way.

 

  • Plant ‘certified’ seed potatoes for a Christmas Day crop!! We have many varieties in store now.  

 

  • Keep bird baths topped up and feeders too.

 

  • And finally, sit back with your favourite drink and soak up the rewards of your hard work!!

 


Gardening Jobs for August

With a beautiful weekend forecasted we asked the plant team to pick their favourite plant available right now, they felt it was like being asked to choose their favourite child…..but they did anyway!
Louise chose a hardy gerbera (but snuck in a Bella fuchsia as well when I wasn’t looking), Lorna chose a beautiful Lilac. Tam is obviously staying in with her amazing three stemmed orchid. Kaye, went for 2 hydrangeas and Elaine went big with her cercis tree.
They all look wonderful, and the plants don’t look bad either.
Homegrown 14” hanging baskets are now in stock!⁠

We have a wide selection of colour schemes for you to choose from, perfect for any garden. Both plants and baskets are grown and made at our nursery. ⁠

You can hang these in the garden from now, though be sure to secure them properly in windy weather!
Congratulations to our amazingly artistic winners of the Viola and Pansy Colouring Competition. We look forward to welcoming them back soon to spend their vouchers.
Touch me.......Smell me!

Our Award Winning Home Grown Scented Geraniums are now in stock, they may not look the most colourful plant, but give them a rub next time you pass and you will get an amazing selection of scents.
To attract attention to these amazing plants Jess from our nursery designed these beautiful perfume bottle labels and won an award at the HTA National Plant Show for her designs.
Wow, It looks like it isn't going to rain this weekend! Perfect time to get gardening.
Our nursery is incredibly busy producing plants for the whole country, but don't worry, we’re saving the best for you
Due to technical issues beyond our control, please note that this Sunday 14th April, Meadow Croft Kitchen will NOT be serving Sunday roasts. Our Sunday breakfast menu will be available until 11.30am as usual and then our normal weekday lunch menu will be served from 12pm-2.30pm. We will still have plenty of delicious dishes and treats for you to enjoy.
Thank you for your understanding.
MCK Team.
Milkshakes are officially back at The 10th Hole! ⛳⁠

Choose from Strawberry, Raspberry Ripple, Flake, Oreo, Biscoff, Chocolate, Vanilla and Espresso flavours while you putt your way around the course
Looking to give your plants a boost as the weather gets better? ⁠

Stop by the garden centre and pick up a box of @MiracleGro's all purpose plant food. Get 20% extra feed free! ⁠

Simply feed every two weeks from March to September using a feeder or watering can
Have you seen our new furniture department? Lynn and Simon love it so much that while the weather has been poor, they can be found relaxing in it. With the weather about to improve they’re going back out into their garden. Come and have a look around for some inspiration to create your outside living space.
#outdoorroom #outdoorliving #gardenfurniture #barbecue
It’s opening time at ‘The Meadows’ our in store local bottle shop.
New Hall wine, Essex gin and local beer all available now.

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