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Spring Gardening Tips

Spring is  upon us so are we prepared for :

Covering beds and borders with compost muck - muck can go everywhere. Beneath the soil lie roots waiting for a little sustenance,bulbs will be shooting and shrubs coming into bud so the muck is important.

Be careful not to walk over wet soil as this will cause compaction.

Move any plants in the wrong place

Prune roses leaving two or three outward facing buds

Prune summer flowering clematis cutting back stems to emerging buds close to soil level.

Sow Beetroot in Modules prior to planting out in prepared bed.

Shallots can be started off in trays.

Plant Bare Root Roses in prepared bed containing well rotted farmyard manure and light spreading of 10-10-20 fertiliser. Soak roots in water while digging hole and adding a handful of bone meal.

Chit Potatoes – place in trays (egg boxes are ideal) leave 2/3 chits rub off any surplus. Place in dry, light and sunny place.

Force Rhubarb by excluding light ie place upturn bucket over plant.

Think about taking out your garden chairs and enjoy the spring sunshine (said in hope)

You must clean your garden first. There can be debris left on your lawn is there was any snow in winter season. If there was snow in winter season rake up any debris left.

Pruning

Pruning and trimming must be done in spring season but before that you must wait until the trees and shrubs in your garden have started growing new leaves. You can easily sight the dead and damaged branches. After sighting you can easily distinguish the dead and damaged branches with alive and healthy ones and you can easily get rid of the dead and damaged branches.

QUICK STEPS TO MAKE MORE DAHLIAS

1 Place your tuber on the surface of a pot or tray of old compost, water lightly, then place in a warm, bright spot. Using a sharp knife, gently remove shoots that have developed 3-4 pairs of leaves, cutting them low down, so that each has a small piece of tuber attached.

2 Remove the lowest pair of leaves,then insert 3-4 cuttings in a 9cm pot filled with cuttings compost. There is no need to use rooting powder. Water and keep in a propagator.

3 When roots emerge from the bottom of the pot,divide the cuttings and pot up individually. Use multi-purpose compost with slow release fertiliser. Pinch out the tips, leaving 2-3 pairs of leaves, then put on a bright windowsill.

4 After the last frost, harden off by putting plants outside during the day for about a week. Plant into prepared soil, about 40cm apart and at the same depth as they were in their pot. Add a stake or cane for support.