Moulton Nurseries Garden Centre Norwich
Moulton Nurseries Garden Centre phone number 01493 750458
January jobs in the garden

Nursery & Hardy Plants

We produce our own top quality hanging basket and bedding plants in our glasshouses on site. These are available in the spring from late March onwards. We aim to introduce new varieties to our range each year and grow in excess of 200 varieties in total, comprising approximately 80 types of basket and patio plants (including Surfinias, Bacopa, Begonias, Osteospermum as well as more unusual varieties), approximately 50 varieties of Fuchsias (trailing and bush), approximately 50 varieties of Geranium (zonal and trailing ivy-leaf) and approximately 30 varieties of tray bedding (including Busy Lizzies, Petunias, Geraniums, Lobelia and Salvias). As our bedding and basket plants are all grown on our nursery, those that are displayed for sale are always looking at their best.

We use these plants to fill our hanging baskets, of which we sell over 2000 every spring. These are planted early and grown on and maintained in the glasshouses until well established so you receive your basket in the finest condition ready to put straight outside. You will see other hanging baskets smaller and cheaper than ours, but our many regular customers will confirm that our baskets will flower longer and more prolifically than these cheaper alternatives. Our stunning display in the car park will show this when they are still looking full and flowering well into September.

Our large, well-arranged, Planteria has changing seasonal displays to give you inspiration for planting combinations for your own garden. We have gained a reputation for the excellent quality of our plants. Most of our hardy plants are British grown, with many of our suppliers coming from East Anglia, so we have regular deliveries of fresh stock. If there is something specific you are looking for, please ask and we will try to source it for you if it’s a variety our suppliers grow.

In the autumn we grow Winter Pansies and Violas as well as miniature Cyclamen to give colour throughout the winter and Wallflowers, Polyanthus and Primroses for Spring flowering.

We now have a section dedicated to helping you choose plants for specific conditions or places in your garden; these include Coastal Gardens; Exposed Sites; Dry Shade; Damp Shade; Sandy Soil; Clay Soil; and Hot & Dry Sites. As well as having examples of the plants that we have in stock at the time, there is a list of plants for each situation which may be out of season.

We have a wide range of composts and fertilisers and our staff will be happy to advise you on the most suitable choice to complement the plants you are buying to give them the best start in life.

January Jobs in the Garden!

  • Look through seed catalogues and plan and choose varieties, many can be sown in January
  • Clean old seed trays, pots & propagators and buy new ones if necessary
  • Buy seed potatoes, but store them away from frost. If you haven’t grown them before - try a patio potato planter with a few first earlies
  • Summer flowering bulbs can be bought now, but keep them frost-free until planting in the Spring
  • Use fleece & fleece bags to protect plants against frosts
  • Remember to feed the birds & provide water for them in a bird bath. Use high energy foods such as sunflower hearts, fat balls & suet blocks when it is very cold
  • Don’t forget the Big Garden Birdwatch on 26/27 January
  • Put up nest boxes ready for the Spring
  • Clean moss & algae from slippery paths, steps and decking – try our Miracle Block Paving & Patio Brush or “Patio Magic”
  • Reduce risk of damage to outdoor pots by improving drainage & raising them on pot feet
  • Use primroses in containers and to fill and brighten up gaps in the garden
  • If you didn’t get around to planting bulbs in the Autumn, buy potted ones to fill in gaps & create early colour
  • Keep off lawns during frosty weather to avoid damage
  • Gently brush off snow that has settled on branches to prevent breakages

February Jobs in the Garden!

  • Buy & start chitting Seed Potatoes in a bright, frost-free place to encourage them to produce shoots. Pick up our ‘potato growing guide’ for tips if you are new to growing potatoes
  • Use a soil thermometer to check soil temperature. Seeds are unlikely to germinate until soil reaches 7-10°c and will only rot or get eaten by birds or vermin
  • Start sowing vegetable seeds such as Spring Cabbages, Sprouts, Leeks, Tomatoes, Broad Beans and Cauliflowers under cover
  • Buy Shallots, Onion Sets, Garlic, Asparagus, Rhubarb for planting later this month or next
  • Feed the birds with high energy foods such as sunflower hearts, fat balls & suet blocks when it is very cold
  • Put up nest boxes – look out for different designs for the type of bird you want to attract or get a multi nest box which will give you 3 options
  • Buy Dahlia tubers, Gladioli, Lilies, Begonias, Nerines & other bulbs for stunning displays throughout the summer. Store them in a frost-free place until required
  • Use Primroses in containers and to fill and brighten up gaps in the garden
  • Many summer flowering seeds can be planted indoors or in a heated propagator now
  • Use fleece, fleece cloches and fleece bags to protect tender plants from frosts especially as new shoots begin to appear
  • Sprinkle sulphate of potash around the base of fruit trees, bushes and cane fruits to aid production of flowers and fruits
  • Plant Bare Root Hedging & Fruit as soon as soil warms up

March Jobs in the Garden!

  • Apply Potato fertiliser before planting Seed Potatoes, pick up our “Guide to Growing Potatoes” for more information
  • Sow early Lettuces, Carrots and other vegetable seeds outside but they may require protection with cloches or tunnels
  • Early planting of Onion sets & Shallots will lengthen the growing season resulting in larger individual bulbs. Asparagus & Rhubarb can also be planted now
  • As new shoots of perennials emerge get ready to protect them from slugs & snails with copper rings, slug pellets or organic slug bait
  • Dig plenty of organic farmyard manure into your soil ready for planting vegetables
  • Top-dress pots & containers of established shrubs & perennials with fresh compost & slow release fertiliser. Remember to use ericaceous compost & feed for acid-loving plants such as Rhododendrons & Camellias
  • Bring your patio back to life; patio magic removes green mould, algae or moss & a miracle block paving brush will get out any moss or weeds from gaps between paving slabs
  • Start planting Lilies & Begonias in pots indoors and buy Dahlia tubers, Gladioli & other summer flowering bulbs ready to plant out once frosts are less likely
  • Plant container-grown Roses & shrubs into well dug enriched soil. Use Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi to establish a stronger root system
  • Use Primroses in containers and to brighten up gaps in borders
  • Use fleece, fleece cloches & bags to protect tender plants & new shoots against frosts
  • Start using feed, weed & mosskiller on your lawn
  • Place plant supports above tall-growing or floppy plants so plants grow through them before getting too tall

April Jobs in the Garden!

  • Keep dead-heading Primroses, Polyanthus & Pansies to prolong their flowering
  • Protect fruit tree blossom & other tender shoots by using fleece on cold nights
  • You can sow a good range of vegetable seeds outside now including Beetroot, Cabbages, Lettuce, Radishes & Spinach
  • Use Feed, Weed & Mosskiller on your lawn now as a 3 in 1 application or lawn sand if you have particular moss problems
  • Overseed thin or bare patches of lawn. Use a fast-acting grass seed, remembering to water it in well
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs including Begonias, Dahlias and Lilies. For a longer flowering season, plant Gladioli corms in succession throughout April & May
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs such as Forsythia & flowering currants straight after flowering
  • Don’t forget to “earth up” your potatoes as leaves appear
  • Try to deter slugs as new shoots on Hostas & perennials appear – use slug pellets or natural methods such as copper bands or beer traps
  • Spray roses with “Roseclear” to prevent blackspot, mildew & aphids
  • When planting summer containers & baskets use Moisture Control compost or add water retaining gel crystals to ensure compost stays moist & slow release fertiliser to encourage strong growth
  • Harden off bedding plants by putting outside during the day and bringing in at night. Don’t be tempted to put tender plants out whilst we’re still getting frosts!

May Jobs in the Garden!

  • When planting summer containers & baskets add water retaining gel crystals to ensure compost stays moist & slow release fertiliser to encourage strong growth.
  • Keep your hanging baskets & containers in the greenhouse to develop before moving them outside once there is no likelihood of frosts.
  • If your roses were troubled by blackspot last year, spray with ‘Roseclear’ as soon as first shoots appear. This will also control against mildew & aphid attack.
  • Start sowing small trays of salad leaves at weekly intervals for an endless supply for salads throughout the summer.
  • Companion plant marigolds alongside greenhouse Tomatoes & Cucumbers to deter whitefly from the crops.
  • Feed acid loving plants such as Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas & Camellias with ericaceous feed such as “Sequestrene of Iron”.
  • Continue using Feed, Weed & Mosskiller on your lawn now as a 3 in 1 application or ‘Aftercut’ once you have mown to green up the grass.
  • Harden off bedding plants for a few weeks before planting them outside by putting them outside during the day & bringing them in at night.
  • As weather gets hotter, apply shading to your greenhouse either by painting on ‘Coolglass’ or using shade netting.
  • Use Barley Straw in the pond to help prevent blanket weed.
  • Use Cabbage Collars when planting out brassicas which will help prevent cabbage root fly.

June Jobs in the Garden!

  • Remember to water hanging baskets & containers daily in hot weather & feed with a high potash fertiliser such as ‘Tomorite’ once a week. Dead-head regularly to encourage more flowers.
  • When planting summer containers & baskets add water retaining gel crystals to ensure compost stays moist & slow release fertiliser to encourage strong growth.
  • Apply residual weedkiller such as ‘Pathclear’ to paths, patios & drives to kill existing & prevent new weeds coming through.
  • Check lilies for bright red lily beetles which will make holes in leaves & flower buds, remove & destroy them or spray with systemic ‘Provado Bug Killer’.
  • Sow mixed salad leaves at regular intervals to have a constant supply throughout the summer. These can be grown in pots on the patio as well as in the garden.
  • Outdoor varieties of tomatoes can be put outside now. Once flowers have set, water & feed regularly.
  • Protect fruit & vegetables from bird & insect damage by covering with netting or bamboo dome cloches.
  • Apply feed, such as ‘Aftercut’, to lawns to green them up.
  • Use ‘Roseclear’ to treat pests & diseases on roses.
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor on hot days to raise humidity & prevent red spider mite.

July Jobs in the Garden!

  • Keep feeding bedding plants, hanging baskets & containers weekly with a high potash fertiliser such as “Tomorite”
  • Dead-head all flowering plants as soon as flowers fade to stop them setting seed and to promote more flowers
  • Remove faded blooms on repeat-flowering varieties of roses to encourage further flowers in late summer
  • Avoid blight on tomatoes & potatoes by spraying with a preventative fungicide, such as “Bordeaux Mixture” especially when conditions are warm & humid
  • Train leading shoots on cucumbers up a cane, the longer the main shoot grows the bigger the crop. Keep well watered and feed twice weekly
  • Protect ripening fruits such as strawberries, raspberries & currants from birds by covering with crop protection netting. Make a frame using canes or tree stakes
  • Install water butts to collect rainwater from downpipes on houses, sheds & garages
  • Plant late-flowering perennials ie. Echinacea, Rudbeckia & Sedum in gaps in the borders so the garden doesn’t look dull when summer bedding fades
  • Start thinking about the varieties of spring flowering bulbs you require, ready to buy when they are on sale next month - we will have a lovely selection!

August Jobs in the Garden!

  • Dead-head basket & bedding plants regularly, as leaving them to set seed can stop the plants producing further flowers. Also keep feeding them with high potash fertiliser such as “Tomorite”
  • Sow hardy annuals for early flowers next year
  • Use perennials such as Echinacea, Leucanthemum, Sedum & michaelmas daisy type asters to give late summer colour in the borders
  • Once young birds have flown the nest, hedges can be trimmed, this should be completed by early september before colder weather arrives. Many varieties such as Beech, Hawthorn & Holly need pruning just once annually
  • Plan your spring flowering bulb display & start to buy bulbs now so as not to miss out on the more unusual varieties – available from mid-august
  • Use “Provado Lawn Grub Killer” to help prevent leatherjackets which will eat grass roots. Apply when you see daddy-long-legs (craneflies) hopping in the grass
  • Hang wasp traps in fruit trees so you can enjoy the fruit rather than them!
  • Keep feeding tomatoes, peppers, aubergines & similar crops to promote further fruiting. Use a high potash fertiliser
  • In very dry weather raise the cut height on your lawn mower or stop cutting altogether to allow grass to regrow. Add grass clippings to your compost heap or bin unless you’ve recently used weed or moss killer on lawn
  • Plant specially prepared seed potatoes for harvesting at christmas in large patio pots or potato bags – move into a greenhouse before first frosts

September Jobs in the Garden!

  • Start planting spring bulbs – when choosing remember the larger the bulb the more, bigger flowers you will get
  • Water in the morning rather than evening so plants are not sitting in cold water as nights get cooler
  • Sweet Pea seeds can be sown now for stronger plants & earlier flowering next summer
  • Plant out Pansies & Violas for autumn/winter colour and Wallflowers & Sweet Williams for spring flowering
  • Refill hanging baskets & containers with Pansies, Cyclamen & small winter shrubs as summer ones start to go over – don’t forget to under-plant with spring bulbs
  • Re-seed any bare patches of lawn. Use lawn & turf dressing if starting a new lawn or for larger areas
  • Hang wasp traps in fruit trees so you can enjoy the fruit rather than them!
  • Sow green manure crops ie. White mustard & winter grazing rye in vegetable beds to revitalise soil & improve structure
  • If your tomatoes suffered from blight, make sure you burn or bin the remnants of the plants – don’t compost!
  • Check you have netting to cover your pond before autumn leaves start blowing into the water
  • Gutter & drain guards stop leaves clogging them up
  • Protect fruit trees & bushes against pests with winter wash & grease bands
  • Clean shade paint from greenhouses to allow more light in
  • Use fleece to protect tender plants from early frosts

October Jobs in the Garden!

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs – why not choose different varieties of Daffodils so you have a succession of flowers from February through to May?
  • Plant out Pansies & Violas for autumn/winter colour and Wallflowers & Sweet Williams for spring flowering
  • Refill hanging baskets & containers with Pansies, Cyclamen & small winter shrubs not forgetting to under-plant with spring bulbs
  • Sow road bean seeds for early pickings next May & June, try varieties such as Aquadulce or the Sutton
  • Plant Autumn onion sets & garlic
  • Sow Sweet Peas for early flowering next summer, plant in deep grow-tubes & keep in an unheated greenhouse
  • Aerate lawns that have got compacted over the summer—try our lawn aerator sandals on special offer for £12.99
  • Use autumn lawn feed & mosskiller for strengthening roots & killing moss
  • Plant shrubs, trees & fruit bushes in autumn for healthier plants next season
  • Prune climbing & rambling roses
  • Use winter wash or wrap the base of fruit tree trunks with grease bands to stop winter moths climbing the trees to lay their eggs
  • Use drain covers & Gutter-gard to stop leaves & twigs blocking gutters & drains
  • Clear & collect up leaves and add to the compost bin
  • Insulate greenhouses using bubblewrap
  • Use fleece to protect tender plants from early frosts
  • Use a sulphur candle to disinfect the greenhouse before putting plants back in for the winter

November Jobs in the Garden!

  • Insulate greenhouses using bubble wrap & move tender pot-grown plants in. Check greenhouse heaters are working
  • Use fleece, fleece bags and fleece cloches to protect tender plants against frosts
  • Use winter-flowering pansies, violas & hardy cyclamen to brighten up gaps in the garden
  • Collect up leaves from around plants in borders & then compost them. Beware: those left on borders will provide shelter for slugs & snails which will then eat new shoots in the spring
  • November is the best month for planting tulips. Other spring-flowering bulbs, onion sets & garlic can still be planted
  • Remember to feed the birds & fill up birdbaths. Clean out and disinfect bird feeders to prevent disease
  • Plant bare-root fruit trees and bushes and hedging plants
  • Check newly-planted trees are well staked & tree ties are firmly secured to avoid damage in windy weather
  • Put up bug boxes to provide winter shelter for beneficial insects such as ladybirds
  • Protect fruit trees against winter pests with winter wash and greasebands, also remember to treat tree stakes and supports as insects will climb these into the tree
  • Reposition houseplants away from direct heat & draughts
  • Put down traps or bait for mice and rats as they try to find warmth & food in sheds and garages

December Jobs in the Garden!

  • Use fleece, fleece bags & fleece cloches to protect tender plants against frosts
  • Look through catalogues and plan and choose varieties of seeds and seed potatoes for sowing in the new year
  • Position poinsettias in a bright position away from draughts & heaters & insert a slow release feed capsule into soil which will supply necessary nutrients when you water
  • Keep indoor cyclamen in a cool, bright position to prolong flowering & remove dead stems by gently twisting at the base
  • Remember to feed the birds with high energy foods such as fat balls, suet blocks and sunflower seeds & fill up bird baths. Clean out & disinfect bird feeders to prevent disease. Put up nest boxes ready for the spring
  • Use ‘patio magic’ to clean moss & algae from slippery paths, steps & decking & a block paving brush to get between slabs
  • Reduce risk of damage to outdoor pots by improving drainage & raising them on pot feet
  • Use holly, ivy, box and other winter interest plants to create wreathes & Christmas arrangements
  • Plant bare root native hedging & fruit before the ground becomes frozen
  • Remember that even cut Christmas trees need water to prolong their life indoors
  • Brighten up pots or containers near the front door to welcome guests, with pansies, violas or dwarf cyclamen
  • Put down traps or bait for mice & rats as they try to find warmth & food in sheds & garages