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What to do in the garden this week

The Flower Garden

 

 

  • Sow sweet peas in deep pots and pinch out shoot tips once two pairs of leaves have developed
  • Cut back old stems of mallow (Lavatera) to ground level, taking care not to harm new shoots
  • Plant hedging plants
  • Prune down stems of dogwoods, willows, cotinus and paulownia
  • Fork and rake over the soil in border areas where you want to sow hardy annual flowers

 

The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

 

 

  • Cover rhubarb with an old bucket to exclude light and encourage early pickings of long tender stalks
  • Prune gooseberry bushes to open up the centre of the bush to improve air circulation
  • Chit seed potatoes in trays in a bright, frost-free position
  • Plant bare-root fruit trees before they start growing in March
  • Sow seed of broad beans, carrots, hardy peas and parsnips outside in soil warmed by cloches

 

In The Greenhouse

 

 

  • Plant dahlia tubers in pots or trays, and place in a heated propagator
  • Start raising crops from seed, including tomatoes, chilli peppers, aubergines and cucumbers
  • Prevent seedlings being affected by damping-off disease by watering compost with a solution of copper fungicide
  • Sow cyclamen, keeping the trays in total darkness until seeds have germinated
  • Repair broken panes of glass and damaged or badly fitting doors and vents

 

 

Generally Around the Garden

 

 

  • Take care not to walk over borders or on lawns where spring bulbs and flowers will be emerging
  • Order young plants from mail-order companies. These will usually be delivered during April and May, ready to be used in summer displays
  • Sort out and clean up canes and plant supports, ready to be used in early spring
  • Use a pressure washer to clean paths, steps, paving and patios

 



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