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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

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

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

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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