Garden Jobs This Month near Epping Green

Garden Jobs This Month - MARCH


  1. Pick off any developing seedheads on daffodils and other spring bulbs, but leave the foliage to die back naturally
  2. Finish pruning roses early in the month
  3. Cut dogwoods, willows, cotinus and paulownia right down to the base to promote vigorous new growth
  4. Start sowing hardy annuals outdoors, including California poppies, nasturtiums and opium poppies
  5. Tidy up alpines as they start to flower, removing dead foliage, then mulch with grit to keep the foliage off damp soil
  6. Plant faded forced bulbs out in the garden for blooms next year
  7. Plant lilies and other summer-flowering bulbs in pots and borders
  8. Feed ericaceous shrubs, such as rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and pieris, with an ericaceous fertiliser
  9. Tidy up borders, removing established and newly-germinating weeds, then mulch generously with garden compost
  10. Plant new roses and other shrubs and climbers
  11. Sow native wildflower seeds in trays or modules, to produce plants for your own mini-meadow
  12. Check tender new shoots for aphids, and remove before infestations get out of hand
  13. Continue deadheading spring flowers and any remaining winter bedding so they don’t set seed
  14. Scatter general-purpose fertiliser over flowerbeds and around roses, shrubs and hedges


  1. Avoid carrot root fly by sowing an early crop of carrots under cloches or fleece
  2. Sow tomatoes, chillies, sweet peppers and aubergines in pots indoors
  3. Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, at a depth of 10-15cm, spaced about 30cm apart
  4. Buy young herbs to plant in containers near your back door, for handy pickings
  5. Plant onion and shallot sets, spacing them 10-15cm apart, and keep the bed free of weeds
  6. Make the first outdoor sowings of hardy veg, such as spinach, covering with cloches or fleece
  7. Plant early potatoes in trenches on the veg plot, or in large tubs if space is limited
  8. Sow parsnips as soon as the soil starts to warm up, as they’re slow to germinate and need a long growing season
  9. Plant a fig tree in a large container to restrict its roots, which encourages fruiting and limits its overall size
  10. Feed cabbages and other brassicas with nitrogen-rich fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure
  11. Plant bare-root asparagus crowns in well-drained soil or raised beds, in an open, sunny spot
  12. Start hoeing veg beds as soon as the weather starts to warm up, as weeds will germinate quickly
  13. Plant strawberries in a hanging basket to keep the fruits away from slugs


  1. Get crops off to a good start indoors to transplant into the garden later, such as celeriac, celery, lettuces and parsley
  2. Take down bubble insulation in the greenhouse once temperatures start to rise, to let in more light
  3. Sow a selection of vibrant annual climbers, such as Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata) and black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata)
  4. Buy good value young bedding plants for growing on to a larger size under glass, or sow your own in a heated propagator
  5. Sow dwarf French beans in a large pot for an early indoor crop in June
  6. Plant prepared freesia bulbs in pots of rich, loam-based compost, for fragrant flowers indoors this summer
  7. Pot up overwintering cannas into fresh compost, water in, then place in a warm spot to spur them into growth
  8. Sow sweet peas in deep pots and keep them frost-free in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill
  9. Take cuttings from dahlia tubers planted last month to raise new plants
  10. Protect greenhouse sowings of beans, peas, mangetouts and sweet peas from hungry mice
  11. Be vigilant for greenhouse and houseplant pests, such as mealy bugs, and treat straight away
  12. Open greenhouse vents on sunny days to prevent humidity building up
  13. Sow coleus on a warm windowsill to enjoy their vibrant foliage indoors or in tropical-style displays outside
  14. Take basal cuttings from perennials, such as delphiniums and lupins, to root in a pot indoors


  1. Mow lawns once they start back into growth, and re-cut the edges with a half-moon edging tool
  2. Build or buy a new compost bin, ready to recycle the coming season’s garden waste
  3. Dig out a new pond, or install a water feature, to attract more wildlife
  4. Put slug barrier products around the new shoots of hostas and other susceptible perennials
  5. Replant pots of bulbs from indoors into borders, once the display is over, then water in well and apply liquid feed
  6. Check that tree ties aren’t too tight and that stakes are still firmly anchored in the ground
  7. Prune out any wind-damaged branches on trees and shrubs
  8. Fork up emerging shoots of perennial weeds, such as ground elder, removing every bit of root
  9. Place bug boxes or bundles of hollow stems in sheltered corners, where insects can lay their eggs
  10. Keep putting out food for garden birds, as the breeding season gets underway
  11. Chop down winter-grown green manure and dig into the soil, to get the veg plot ready for sowing
  12. Cut back winter-flowering jasmine to keep it within bounds and encourage flowers next year
  13. Give blackcurrant bushes a high-nitrogen feed

All above information from http://www.gardenersworld.com/what-to-do-now/ & are in no way based on our current stock.

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Shopping At Clockhouse

Garden retail like it used to be.

Here at Clockhouse Nursery we pride ourselves in providing reasonably priced plants & the products you need to grow them effectively.

That is all.

So, no need to wade through the tide of unnecessary paraphernalia that you will find in most modern garden centres.

No need to worry about parking either as we have over 150 spaces available.

Site Plan

Finding your way around our site

Over recent years we have put a lot of effort into making our nursery as easilly accessible as possible. The entire sales area & car park have hard sufaces made from either concrete or tarmac. Outside pathways are wide and our sales beds are sturdy brickwork allowing customers to sit & take a rest if one of our benches is too far away or already occupied.

We feel that you will be able to navigate our nursery with ease, whether you are here for a leisurely browse or a calculated ‘in & out’ quick shop. Free copies of the nursery map (shown to the right) are available from our customer services desk, they also have a shop layout map on the back of them. Don’t forget, a member of staff will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We hope that you enjoy your visit.

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We offer discounts on purchases which are open to everyone.

Discounts do not apply to promotion items, special offer items, gift vouchers, delivery costs or compost.

You Spend Payment with cash or debit card
£250-£549 5% discount
£550-£849 7% discount
£850+ 10% discount
Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift for green fingered family and friends

If you have absolutely no idea what to buy for as a gardening gift but you do know that the recipient is a Clockhouse Nursery customer, we can offer you a Clockhouse Nursery specific gift card. Available in four designs & similar to many highstreet gift cards in size. Simply request one at the tills, choose your design & it can then be pre loaded with an amount of your choice. Once loaded the amount on the card can be used as part payment or in its entirety. Please don’t forget to mention to your family & friends that they can become part of the Clockhouse “Garden Gang” by signing up for our loyalty card too!

Currently we also accept and sell “National Garden Gift Vouchers” (paper form only) which are accepted at over 2,000 leading UK garden centres, shops and nurseries. With National Garden Vouchers you have the choice of over 90,000 garden products from saplings to pagodas all gardeners will find something they’d like. A National Garden Gift Voucher is great for any special occasion, and whether the lucky recipient is an experienced gardener, or just starting out, they’ll be able to buy everything they need with the thoughtful gift.

Plant guarantee & refund policy

We are committed to ensuring that we sell excellent quality plants at what we deem to be reasonable prices. Many of our plants are grown here on site which enables us to maintain quality control to a very high level. Other plants are supplied by trusted companies, many of which have been in business for decades. We are always available to advise customers on the correct care for plants pre-purchase.

Because of this confidence in our product we do not offer a plant guarantee. However should you experience a problem with your plant within six months of purchase we will consider either replacement, credit note or advise you on a course of action to take to resolve the issue. Should the plant need to be returned it must be accompanied with valid proof of purchase (till receipt). We do NOT accept responsibiity for plants damaged by weather conditions ( i.e. frost or extreme heat), or poor aftercare. A plant is a perishable good reliant on correct level of aftercare for survival. As such, after six months we relinquish responsibility for its nurturing & hand that duty 100% to the purchaser.

Refunds and exchanges

Should you change your mind about a ‘non plant’ product after purchase you may return it to us proving that the packaging has not been opened, the product has not been used, the product is still in saleable condition, with a valid receipt, within 28 days of purchase. Also, should the product be found to be faulty, it should be returned to us inside of 28 days with valid proof of purchase. Return or refund outside of 28 days may also be considered if the product meets the previous requirements stated. Plant returns should be within 5 working days. The plant will need to be in exactly the same condition as it was at the time of purchase and accompanied with a valid receipt. You will be offered credit note, cost equivalent exchange, or refund to the method of payment.This will be at the discretion of management.

All refunds will be credited in the same fashion as initially received, i.e. if you paid by card, the refund will need to be issued to the same card. If you paid by cash, we can only offer a refund in cash.

We do not offer refunds or guarantees on any sale or stock clearance items.

Please keep your receipt as proof of purchase.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

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In the Spring and Summer we’re open 9am - 5pm, 7 Days a week, including Bank Holidays!

Here is a calender showing roughly what times of year different plants are available.

Our Autumn and Winter times are 9am - 4pm, 7 days a week.
(Nov 1st 2018 - Jan 31st 2019)

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Established in 1928

Not many Garden Centres can boast over ninety years of history, and yes, we have seen many changes over that period. Indeed change will continue as we strive always to supply the best in plants and facilities. One thing, however, will never change:

The core philosophy first introduced by Archibald John Mills way back in 1928 remains - the philosophy that built the company’s reputation, sustains it now, and will guide it in the future:

The best way to keep gardeners happy is to offer them plants of the highest quality, sold at reasonable prices.

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Horticultural Trades Association.

We are proud members of the HTA, the Horticultural Trades Association, which is ‘the’ UK’s garden trades association. The HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large.

Being a member offers us various benefits and for you, the customer, the membership should provide you with some reassurance that we are an establishment of quality that takes its responsibilities to its customers seriously.

It also enables us to offer you access to HTA backed schemes such as the national gift vouchers which are redeemable at other HTA partner businesses across the country.

Perennial GRBS

We are also proud to say that our chosen charity is Perennial GRBS (Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society). We are a Perennial Partner which means that we make an annual contribution to this worthy cause whose sole aim is to help people in many branches of horticulture including arboriculture, farming, professional gardening etc during their hours of need. Occasionally we will attach a donate button to our Facebook posts which will enable you to donate directly to this charity should you feel so inclined. Our industry is enternally thankful to those who are able to donate even the smallest amount. To find out more about their work please feel free to visit their website https://perennial.org.uk/

Dog Friendly.

We are a dog friendly establishment. We are listed with www.dogfriendly.co.uk who’s aim is to provide a directory of dog welcoming businesses accross the UK. All that we ask of you as a dog owner is that your four legged friend is kept on a lead at all times whilst wandering around the Nursery and that you clean up after them should the enivitable ‘accident’ occur.

You may access all areas of the Nursery with your pet but we ask that on busy days, you avoid queing at the tills with them especially if they are not very good around strangers. This area can feel a little confined & we feel that for anxious dogs it is best avoided. Most of the time however, you are welcome to queue & pooch may even get a dog treat if they are allowed.

One thing that we frown upon severly is the leaving of dogs in cars whilst owners are shopping. There is no excuse for this here & we have been known to release pets from boiling hot vehicles by all means at our disposal.

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