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1 Plant onions and shal­lots to give a crop next sum­mer. Only use suit­able va­ri­eties and make sure the soil is free- drain­ing to avoid rot.

2 Re­move fallen leaves from around rose bushes and re­move from the gar­den, as they can har­bour spores of black spot and spread the disease next year.

3 Sow pots and trays of hardy an­nu­als such as Cal­en­dula, flax, Nigella and hardy pop­pies, mak­ing sure to la­bel and wa­ter from be­low.

4 Take cut­tings, of rosemary, laven­der and hy­drangeas, pot­ting on when roots have de­vel­oped and grow on in a shel­tered spot be­fore plant­ing out next year.

5 Now is the start of the peak bulb plant­ing sea­son – now is the time for daf­fodils, cro­cuses, hy­acinths, al­li­ums and lilies, but hold off plant­ing tulips un­til Oc­to­ber.

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