Plump for plums
Their blossom is beautiful, their fruits delicious – now is the time to get plum trees in the ground, writes Mary Lovell-smith.
• When choosing plum trees to plant, note that European varieties are later flowering, and more tolerant of spring frosts and heavy soil than Japanese ones. However, Japanese varieties are more vigorous (and thus need more pruning) and quicker to come into fruit (and earlier in the season). European plums tend to be not as sweet, as juicy or as fragrant as Japanese ones.
• In warmer districts, some seeds may be sown outside; the more prudent and those living in cooler districts will sow them under cover, such as in a glasshouse, verandah or sunny windowsill. These seeds include smaller spring cabbage varieties, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.