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Our Gardener Martin Fish

Our gardening tips are brought to you by respected North Yorkshire gardener Martin Fish.

With a career spanning almost 40 years, Martin has wealth of gardening knowledge. After an apprenticeship on a parks department, followed by horticultural college, Martin was appointed the youngest head gardener in the country at 21.

He has run his own nursery and landscape business, presented gardening programmes for the BBC & ITV for 12 years and for 5 years was also show director of the Harrogate Flower Shows.

Martin has been broadcasting for nearly 25 years. He is one of the gardening experts on BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Radio York.

He has written for many gardening publications and currently writes practical gardening features for Garden News and Kitchen Garden magazine. In addition, Martin opens his North Yorkshire garden for the National Garden Scheme and group visits.

As an accredited RHS judge Martin can be found judging at RHS flower shows. These include Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. He sits on two RHS committees and is a Garden Advisor for RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate.

Martin also chairs the garden show committee for the Great Yorkshire Show and can be seen at several shows across the country hosting gardening theatres, giving talks, demonstrations and Q&A sessions.

The calendar below has been drawn up by Martin. It means you can plan, month-by-month, what needs to be done in your own garden. Each month, Martin will also be writing a different gardening article. You can view the article by clicking on the ‘read more’ prompt within each month’s tips.

Please note, Martin is not suggesting you wait until the date given on the calendar to do a certain job in the garden, in fact they can be done any time during the particular month. 

“I'm a great believer that you only get out of the garden what you put into it. This means keeping your soil in good condition and one of the best ways is to add organic matter such as Yorganics Garden Compost. It will help to improve all soil types, supply nutrients and encourage micro-organisms that are essential to keep soil healthy and fertile.”
Gardening Tips: November 2017
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Plant containers with spring plants

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November – In The Garden With Martin FishRead More

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Lift and store dahlia tubers

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Plant tulip bulbs

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Carry out lawn repairs

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Prepare ground for winter planting

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Start cutting back perennials

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Rake up autumn leaves

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Bring tender plants undercover

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Prune roses & shrubs

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Start soil improvements

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Cut down asparagus