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The Idle Mole Gardening School  

 
 
April Is Here! 
 
Colour is beaming in our gardens now, the weather is warmer, the nights are lighter and it is a delight to be outdoors. The garden season has truly begun. 
 
Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month; 
 
Protect fruit blossoms from late frost. 
Keep weeds under control. 
Sow new lawn seed and repair bare patches. 
Prune plums. 
Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds. 
Prune spring flowering shrubs that have finished flowering. 
Plant out leeks and onion sets. 
Sow salad leaves. 
Cotinus, sambucus and buddleja can be cut back hard now. 
Increase houseplant watering. 
Hardy annuals that were sown in February will be ready for planting out now. 
Mow the lawn on dry days. 
Ventilate the greenhouse on warmer days. 
 
As the weather turns milder it is important to keep a check on late frosts. Ensure frost protection is still in place on those tender plants and shrubs. Some slightly tender plants may appear to have been killed by winter cold, however, do not give up on them yet. It can take weeks for plants to show signs of recovery and put out buds. Check by gently scraping a small patch of bark from the main stem, if the wood underneath is green and moist, the plant is still alive. 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
We also have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year. 

New Workshops coming soon! 

 

New Workshops coming soon! 

 
 

Group Talks (at The Idle Mole) 

WI, Flower Club, Local Church Group? Need to organise an interesting event? Why not arrange a talk/demonstration from our horticulturalist?  
Talks on site are priced at £4 per person and take approximately one hour. Your group will also receive a discount voucher to use in our garden centre on the day.  
 
Titles available include; 
Bulbs Glorious Bulbs 
Scent and Sensibility 
Summer Days 
+ many more 
 
 
Email or call us to discuss your requirements.  

Group Talks (at your place) 

Can't get to see us? Why not let our horticulturalist come to you? 
We will bring everything we need to give your group an enjoyable, interesting session without the worry of transport to us.  
Talks are priced at £70 within a 50 mile radius. 
 
Titles available include;  
Perennials for Every Season 
Shady Characters 
Whats Hot and What's Not 
+ many more 
 
Email or call us to discuss your requirements. 
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