Help and Advice

Tree Planting & Pruning Guides & Tutorials – View all

A short video giving an easy step by step guide on how best to plant a bare root tree.

Watch this short video for an easy step by step guide on planting a container tree.

Pruning & Cutbacks – February Garden Maintenance

The next garden job we would like to share with you is pruning and cutbacks in the garden! Your winter-flowering shrubs such as Mahonia, Winter Jasmine and Heathers can be pruned back once they have finished flowering to encourage new growth for the next season....

The Principle of Pruning Apples Trees

Our Plant Area Manager, Ross, explains and demonstrates the principles of pruning apple trees.

Summer pruning for Wisteria

How to prune your Wisteria in Summer Following on from the Wisteria winter pruning video, Ross gives us some tips on summer pruning for Wisteria. "Our Wisteria arch is looking beautiful, we have had loads of flowers and as you can see, it's got a lot of extension...

How to Prune and Train Wisteria

An instructional video with Ross showing how to prune and train wisteria in winter. Wisteria pruning happens twice a year, once in January/February and again in July/August - see our summer pruning video for instructions. Call in to see us anytime for hands-on advice...

Wisteria pruning with Ross at Bumbles

Wisteria Hoop training. An ornamental project training a wisteria standard onto a hoop frame to give a umbrella effect come flowering time. Ross shows us his methods and pruning. Keep watching for more instructional videos on plant care and maintenance.  

General Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice – View all

Find advice here on growing, planting and caring for your plants, both inside and outside. We’ve also some top gardening tips from the team at Bumbles, and information on plants you may not be aware of (including Dandelions!!). 

Top tips for happy herbs!

We’re stocked to the brim with our fresh herb collection, which means it’s time to get planting! No matter the size of your garden, herbs can help so much with our wellbeing. Put them in pots, on a windowsill or in the border. As long as you follow the handy tips...

Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies

Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Sometimes an unhealthy plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency or even too much of any one nutrient. Calcium New leaves misshapen or stunted. Existing leaves remaining green. Nitrogen Upper leaves are...

Waste not, want not!

Here are some of our favourite ways to recycle products in your garden Use toilet rolls as seedling trays. This doubles as protection from cutworms! Use old cool-drink bottles to create mini greenhouses for seedlings. Cut up old sponges and pop them into the bottoms...

All you need to know about Dandelions!

Hello, I'm a dandelion. A lot of people call me a weed but I'm a friend and come to help you! When you see me, remember that I'm the ONLY one who wants and can grow in that particular spot. Because: Either the soil is too compact / hard / stomped and I want to loosen...

Gardening tip: garden beds

#GardeningTip: Cover your garden beds with compost a few days before heavy rains are predicted. The winter rains will help the nutrients soak in well and your garden will respond with glorious growth in Spring.. See more top gardening tips & handy guides from the...

Sapling care guide

How are you caring for your new sapling? Here are our top tips:  Ensure that it is free of any pests or fungal diseases. Give your sapling good light to promote optimal growth. Your tree is at its weakest just after planting and needs a fair amount of water, but be...

Reasons for winter pruning

Baby its cold outside... But winter is the ideal time to invest in some pruning! Pruning is important for a range of reasons: By removing dead leaves and branches you encourage new plant growth. And by cutting back any dense bush or excess growth you are also allowing...

Benefits of Autumn Tree Planting

We often think that autumn is just about putting the garden to 'bed' for the winter, and wait until the spring before planting out anything new. But autumn is actually the perfect time for planting trees, and here are a few reasons why: In autumn, trees have stopped...

Getting started with Seed Potatoes

The final garden job we would like to share for the month of February is all about vegetable gardens. Potatoes! Seed potatoes are now in here at Bumbles and potatoes are very easy to grow in containers or bags on your patio as well as in your veg garden / allotment....

February Garden Maintenance

Another important garden job to ensure you do before the spring is general garden maintenance and tidying! Be sure to cut down deciduous ornamental grasses (Miscanthus, Pennisetum, Molinia, etc) that are in the garden to tidy them up before the fresh new shoots...

Gardener’s Calendar

The Gardener’s Calendar in December

  Sunrise & Sunset times... December's shortest days and longest nights are a tough time for plants. The cold and wet will see off any of the less hardy plants but for the keen gardener that just means you have a spot for something new in the spring so it's...

The Gardener’s Calendar in June

  See the kind cattle drowsing in the shade, And hear the bee about his amorous trade,                   - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... June, mid-summer's day means we have lots of daylight to enjoy the garden. The weather though can be...

The Gardener’s Calendar in March

  "March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." -  Thalassa Cruso Sunrise & Sunset...

The Gardener’s Calendar in September

  "Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed, The gentlest look of spring; That calls from yonder leafy shade Unfaded, yet prepared to fade, A timely carolling." -  William Wordsworth, September Sunrise & Sunset times... Easing now towards...

The Gardener’s Calendar in April

  Tools with the comely names, Mattock and scythe and spade, Couth and bitter as flames, Clean, and bowed in the blade, A man and his tools make a man and his trade.                                    - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... April is...

The Gardener’s Calendar in January

  Chill January’s snow falls thick and fast Propelled by blinding blizzard’s biting blast, C Richard Miles Sunrise & Sunset times... January can bring some dry bright sunny days for the keen gardener but it's still usually very cold so not much will be...

The Gardener’s Calendar in May

  Breadth of the English shires, Hummock and kame and mead, Tang of the reeking byres, Land of the English breed, A man and his land make a man and his creed. - Vita Sackville West  Sunrise & Sunset times... May, characterised by the first really warm days of...

The Gardener’s Calendar in November

  Sunrise & Sunset times... November days are much shorter now. Frosts are likely and southern England can see the first snow falls so be prepared! There's still lots you can do in the garden when the weather is right though and those lovely crisp mornings...

The Gardener’s Calendar in July

  For every bee becomes a drunken lover, Standing upon his head to sup the flowers,                   - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... July is often a dry month (though not always!). When watering plants water well and rarely rather than little...

The Gardener’s Calendar in August

  "Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen The hey-day of the year With robes that gleam with sunny sheen Sweet August doth appear." - R. Combe Miller Sunrise & Sunset times... The warmest month of the year, despite the shortening days, August is usuall...

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