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What to do this week in the Garden

In the Flower Garden


  • Deadhead winter-flowering pansies and bedding plants, and pick off damaged leaves
  • Divide congested herbaceous perennials
  • Prune winter jasmine to cut back flowered shoots
  • Transplant shrubs growing in the wrong place while they're dormant
  • Plant lily of the valley
  • Cut down tall stems of buddleia, shortening them to low-growing emerging shoots


The Fruit and Vegetable Garden



  • Cover soil with cloches to warm it for early sowings
  • Finish winter pruning fruit trees and soft fruits
  • Cut stems of autumn-fruiting raspberries to soil level
  • Chit seed potatoes, standing them in trays in a light but frost-free position
  • Plant Jerusalem artichokes as a windbreak on exposed plots
  • Sprinkle sulphate of potash fertiliser around fruit
  • Sow seeds of broad beans, carrots, hardy peas and parsnips outside in soil that's been warmed with cloches

In the Greenhouse


  • Plant summer bulbs, such as liatris, begonia, gloxinia, gloriosa, canna, eucomis and agapanthus
  • Maintain frost-free conditions by installing a thermostatically controlled electric fan heater
  • Bring pots of spring bulbs into the greenhouse to encourage flowering
  • Sow summer bedding, such as begonias, verbena, lobelia, ageratum, pansy, viola and antirrhinum
  • Crops to sow in heated propagators include tomatoes, aubergines, onions, celery and peppers


Around the Garden

  • Knock heavy snow off shrubs and conifers to prevent its weight damaging branches
  • Place rabbit guards around trees to protect bark
  • Firm down plants lifted by frost or wind rock
  • Cover areas needed for early seed sowing with polythene or cloches to warm the soil


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