Welcome to Plant People, A professional Garden Design and Consultancy Service, working in a sustainable and organic way, wherever possible.
I am based in Shoreham-by-Sea, and currently work in Brighton and Hove. I prefer to work within a 10 mile radius of my home but I am happy to go beyond if you require my services.
For safe working practice I would like to suggest the following:
I can still do consult meetings via Zoom or skype.
I can create planting plans, do gardening advice & information sessions, plant identification and pruning advice, gardening lessons and garden design.
I may need to do site visits at some point, see following information:
For site visits:
For those with side access to the garden:
If you can leave any gate unlocked for when I am coming, I can just come in and get on with what needs doing in the garden.
If you have any specific jobs or information you would like me to share, you can either email or text them too me. Leave a note for me, perhaps in a shed or weighted down on a table, so that it is easy to see or find.
We can also talk on the phone when I am outside and you can remain inside.
If you choose to meet me and allow me to come through your home:
We can keep a safe 2m distance and do similar to the above.
I also have access to a good quality respirator face masks and can wear one should you prefer when coming through your home.
To state the obvious: I can wipe down any surfaces I touch/ handles/gates etc with a bleach solution.
I have always regularly washed my hands or used alcohol gel if no access to water.
I have always used anti bacterial wipes on my tools, to stop the spread of any plant or soil based disease.
If you are interested in any of my services,
please get in touch- M:07881992762 .
I am welcoming working with other Designers, Architects and Landscapers etc that would require my expertise on planting schemes, plant & soil health, disease issues and possible remedies.
Optimum Plant & Soil Health
I am continuing to do biodynamic studies that look at improving the soil condition /biome for the long term.
I am working with plant & soil tonics that will enable you to get the optimum plant growth and nutritional improvement for any edible plants for those wanting to grow their own fruit, veg, salads and herbs. This can all add to improving your own gut biome.
I am also looking into phytoremediation, to use plants to help clean toxins from the soil and water in our gardens.
For more information please see Biodynamics page
May-June To Do’s
1. Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
2. Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle water when possible
3. Regularly hoe off weeds
4. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
5. Mow lawns weekly
6. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
7. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
8. Prune spring shrubs, such as forsythia and chaenomeles, after flowering to keep them compact
9. Plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed
10. Tie in the new shoots of climbing plants, including clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, to their supports
11. Continue sowing annuals, such as California poppies, into gaps in borders for colour from August into autumn
12. Plant up hanging baskets, but keep in a greenhouse or porch for a few weeks to establish, before putting outside
13. Apply liquid feed to tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs to encourage a good display next year. (Do Not tie leaves together, cut yellowing leaves off)
14. Plant out summer bedding and tender annuals, including sunflowers, cosmos and nasturtiums, after the last frost
15. Remove faded spring bedding, such as wallflowers and forget-me-nots, once faded and add to your compost bin
16. Check lilies and fritillaries for scarlet lily beetles and their larvae, as they can rapidly strip plants of all foliage
17. Harden off tender plants raised indoors, but bring them back in at night to protect from late frosts
18. Pinch out the shoot tips of bedding plants and young annuals to encourage bushier growth
19. Add interest to shady borders by planting a selection of hostas and ferns
Fruit & Veg
20. Earth up potatoes, covering the shoots with soil as they appear
21. Sow sweetcorn in deep pots, so the young plants are ready to transplant into the garden in June
22. Reduce snail populations by going on regular evening hunts, especially during damp weather
23. Start sowing dwarf and climbing French beans, as well as runner beans, directly outdoors in warm weather
24. Pick rhubarb stems as they develop, and water plants with liquid feed
25. Start hardening off tender young plants, such as tomatoes and courgettes, ready for planting out in mild areas
26. Sow batches of salad leaves and stir-fry crops every few weeks to provide continuous pickings
27. Hang pheromone traps in apple and plum trees from May to July, to control pests
28. Thin out seedlings from earlier sowings to ensure you get healthy, strong-growing plants
29. Open fruit cage doors or lift some of the netting to ensure pollinating insects can get access to the flowers
30. Remove all strawberry runners, so plants put their full energy into fruiting
31. Keep plenty of fleece handy to protect young seedlings or fruit blossom, if late frosts are forecast
32. Water thirsty crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes regularly as the weather starts to warm up
33. Tie the stems of indoor tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines to canes as they grow
34. Check plants regularly for pests, on shoot tips and the underside of leaves, and treat with biological controls
35. Put up shading to lower daytime temperatures and reduce scorching
36. Keep pricking out seedlings as soon as they get their first true leaves, to avoid overcrowding and fungal diseases
37. Repot any houseplants that have become top heavy or pot bound into larger containers
38. Start to harden off tender plants and bedding, ready for planting outside after the last frost
39. Take cuttings from fuchsias, dahlias and pelargoniums
40. Transplant tomatoes into growing bags or large pots, and tie their main stem to a cane or vertical wire for support
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