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Selmes Garden Centre Gardening Guide: Planting and Pruning for Seasonal Success



As Marlborough transitions into a new season, gardening enthusiasts eagerly prepare their patches of earth for the months ahead. With a climate characterized by distinct seasons, there's always something to be done in the garden. Whether you're a seasoned green thumb or a novice gardener, here's a guide to what to plant and prune now to ensure success in the coming months.


1. Winter Vegetables: Now is the time for planting hearty varieties such as kale, spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. These cold-hardy vegetables thrive in cooler temperatures and will provide a bountiful harvest throughout the winter months. These veggie seedlings are available in-store now as well as garlic, shallots and early potatoes for Summertime harvest.

2. Herbs: Culinary herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary, and chives can be planted now to add flavour to your winter dishes. Herbs are resilient and can tolerate cooler weather, making them a perfect addition to any garden.

3. Winter Flowers: While the vibrant blooms of summer may have faded, there are still plenty of flowers that can add colour and interest to your garden during the winter months. Plant winter-flowering varieties such as pansies, primroses, and cyclamen to brighten up your outdoor space.

4. Fruit Trees: If you haven't already done so, now is the time to plant fruit trees. Choose from our large variety that are well-suited to the region's climate, such as apples, pears, and citrus. Planting fruit trees now will give them time to establish their root systems before the growing season begins.


Berries: Now’s the time to prune berry plants.

Although, the specific techniques for pruning berry plants vary depending on the species, there are some general guidelines to follow. Begin by removing any dead, diseased, or damaged branches, cutting them back to the base of the plant or to a healthy lateral shoot. Next, thin out overcrowded areas to improve air circulation and light penetration. Aim to create an open, vase-like shape for the plant, with younger, more productive canes towards the centre.

By planting and pruning thoughtfully, you can ensure a garden that thrives throughout the seasons. Embrace the rhythm of the natural world and enjoy the beauty and bounty that your garden has to offer. Happy gardening!

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