Gardeners can be impatient to get started and see things happening in the garden. At this time of the year you will often find seed packets which can be sown from January to April. If you are keen to get going Mick Lavelle, Senior Lecturer at Writtle College has some tips to ensure you grow healthy, successful seedlings.

Senior Lecturer at Writtle College, Mick Lavelle is well known for his banana plants. Normally he would have cut and wrapped them by late October or early November, however, this year he didn’t do it until early January because it has been so mild. He told Ken Crowther about the best ways to grow and look after bananas.

During the summer months with longer, hotter days something that gardeners worry about is keeping the garden watered. Mick Lavelle thinks it is important to think water wise when gardening, from using recycled water to picking plants that are drought tolerant as he told Ken Crowther.