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Garden Jobs

23 – 29 March 2015

Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Take cuttings from delphiniums using strong young shoots, and root them in free-draining compost

Wash off greenfly from shoot tips with soapy water

Feed rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris and camellias with ericaceous (acidic) plant food

Several shrubs with low-growing stems can be propagated by layering, such as honeysuckle, mock orange (Philadelphus), rhododendron, magnolia and forsythia

Dig up and divide clumps of winter aconites

Plant new shrubs and hardy perennials

Cut away old foliage on Christmas roses to prevent hellebore leaf spot spreading

Pick off developing seed heads on daffodils and spring bulbs

Sprinkle fertiliser over flower beds and around shrubs and roses

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…

Cover rows of strawberries with cloches to encourage early fruiting

Plant early potatoes outside in rows, or in large pots of compost

Spray fruit trees and bushes with fungicide to prevent powdery mildew disease attacking them

Pick off faded and yellowing leaves from Brussels sprouts to stop disease spreading

Sow seeds the following crops outside or under cloches: carrots, beetroot, broad beans, salad onions, cauliflowers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, leeks, lettuce, rocket, coriander, mixed salad and stir fry leaves, radish, turnip, peas and Swiss chard

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…

Plant bulbs, corms and tubers like achimenes, begonias, gloxinias in pots

Sow coleus and other houseplants

Watch out for pests, like whitefly and red spider mite, and treat at once

Put a mouse trap in your greenhouse if you find seeds and plants being eaten

Sow seeds of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other greenhouse crops in a heated propagator

Pot up begonias individually once new leaves have developed

Take cuttings from houseplants including African violets

Continue sowing seeds of summer bedding plants in the greenhouse or on windowsills including marigolds, tagetes, verbena, zinnia, nicotiana and dahlias

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…

Move plants from greenhouse to cold frame, to acclimatise to cooler temperatures before planting out

Dig out new ponds and water features

Clean and sharpen secateurs and garden knives

Buy summer-flowering bulbs now, while the best choice of varieties and colours are available

Treat emerging shoots of perennial weeds like ground elder with glyphosate-based weedkiller

Repot succulents that have overgrown their containers

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