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What to do this week in the garden

 

In The Flower Garden

 

  • Sow sweet peas in deep pots and pinch out once two pairs of leaves have developed
  • Cut back old stems of mallow (Lavatera) to ground level. Take care not to harm roots
  • Plant hedging plants
  • Prune stems of dogwoods, willows, cotinus and paulownias
  • Fork and rake over area for hardy annual bedding

 

 

The Fruit and Veg Garden

 

  • Cover rhubarb with a forcing jar or an old bucket to exclude light and encourage early shoots for early pickings of rhubarb
  • Prune gooseberry bushes to open up the centre of the bush to improve air circulation
  • Chit seed potatoes in trays in bright frost free place
  • Plant bare root fruit trees before they begin to shoot. When the arrive soak the roots and heel in some soil until you are ready to plant.
  • Sow seeds of broad beans, carrots, hardy peas and parsnips outside in soil warmed by cloches

 

Greenhouse

 

  • Plant dahlia tubers in pots or trays and place in a heated propagator if you want to take cuttings
  • Star raising crops from seed, including tomatoes, chilli peppers, aubergines and cucumbers
  • Water with a copper fungicide solution to prevent damping off of seedlings
  • Sow seeds of cyclamen keeping in total darkness until seeds have germinated

 

 

 

Generally Around The Garden

 

  • Take care not to walk over emerging spring bulbs in the border or in the lawn
  • Order young plants from mail order companies
  • Sort out and clean up canes and support ready for use in the spring
  • Use a pressure washer to clean paths

If you want more chit chat about gardening visit my Web page at www.andrewbabicz.wordpress.com

 

Andrew



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