When to Plant Lilies

Lilies are an elegant summer flower that are praised for their appearance and versatility in cut flower displays. They are a popular choice among many gardeners as they aren’t only easy on the eyes, but easy to grow as well.

However, if you’re new to growing lilies, the when and how part of planting your favourite blooms can be a bit daunting. Follow our easy guide to effortlessly grow your new lily bulbs, just in time for the summer season.

When to Plant Lilies

Plant your lily bulbs in late autumn to early spring. This could be anywhere from late October to early April to see them flower throughout the summer months.

How to Plant Lilies

The colder the season, the deeper you should plant your bulbs. As a standard rule of thumb, plant your lily bulbs 15cm apart and 3 times their depth and width.

Where to Plant Your Lilies

To plant your lily bulbs, ensure that they’re sitting in moist and well-drained soil or compost and have access to direct sunlight. Allow its foliage to die down naturally after flowering.

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Family-Friendly Fish Pie

Sometimes it can be difficult to feed the whole family and keep everyone happy. This easy to cook dish is the perfect meal for week day dinners and will keep the whole family coming back for seconds!


Servings: Family of 4-6 people

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes


You will need:

  • Large saucepan
  • Medium saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Whisk
  • Oven-proof dish
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 400ml milk + a dash
  • 25g butter + a knob
  • 25g plain flour
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 handful of peas
  • 1x fish pie mix (320g – 400g worth)
  • 1tsp Dijon or English mustard
  • 1 handful of frozen sweetcorn
  • Half a 25g pack of chives, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of grated cheese

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/fan 180/gas mark 6.
  2. Peel and halve your potatoes and put into your large pot on the stove. Fill with water until it covers the potatoes and bring to the boil. Simmer until soft.
  3. Once your potatoes have cooked, drain using your strainer or pan lid and put back into the pan. Mash thoroughly with a splash of milk and knob of butter. Season well with salt and black pepper to taste. Put to one side before going onto the next step.
  4. Put 25g of butter and 25g of plain flour into your medium pan. Finely slice your 4 spring onions and add those to the pan too. Put on a low to medium heat and stir till the butter has melted. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Whisk in 400ml of milk with a balloon whisk or fork. Bring to the boil and stir well to break down any lumps. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes till thickened.
  6. Once thickened, take off the heat and add your fish mix, your mustard, chives, peas, and sweetcorn. Mix together and pour into your oven-proof dish.
  7. Flatten down with a spoon and add your mash potatoes on top. Evenly sprinkle your cheese to the top of the mash layer.
  8. Place in the oven and cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.

Tips

  • What can you add to this recipe?

If you prefer a bit more of a kick to your food, add some chilli flakes to the top of the potato layer before adding the cheese. If you grow your own potatoes, this recipe is perfect for their debut!

  • How long can you store this dish?

Place any leftovers in a sealed container and pop in the fridge for a maximum of two to three days. Alternatively, you can place leftovers in a well-sealed container and put in the freezer for longer keeping. Heat through thoroughly in the oven before eating.

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