Garden office could help with winter recovery

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Homeowners have been offered tips on the best ways to help their gardens recover from the recent cold snap.

Toby Buckland, an author and former presenter of Gardeners' World, suggested protecting plants from continuing low temperatures through different forms of insulation. This could include storing certain plants in garden buildings like a log cabin or garden office.

"As winter is far from over, use any lulls to clear away soggy leaves and invest in horticultural fleece to wrap round the growing tips of half-hardy plants and containers too big to move under cover," said Mr Buckland in a column for the Guardian.

He also suggested spreading a two-inch layer of composted bark over tender roots as a possible means of blanketing "what's left of any surviving plants".

The comments come after Helen Round, garden manager at RHS Rosemoor near Torrington, recently told, that her team had made a number of preparations during the autumn to protect plants from the onset of winter.

Posted by Martin Corby   - 05 January 2011
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