What to do in the gar­den this week

Kent Messenger Maidstone - West Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

Feed borders with a gen­eral fer­tiliser such as blood, fish and bone, to give your plants a boost as they put on new growth.

Dead­head daf­fodils and other bulbs as they fin­ish flow­er­ing.

Start to har­den off young plants and over­win­tered cut­tings. Re­move in­su­la­tion from the green­house. Plant up herbs in con­tain­ers. Ap­ply spring fer­tilis­ers, weed­killers and moss killers to es­tab­lished lawns.

Plant sum­mer hang­ing bas­kets but keep them un­der cover at night un­til all dan­ger of frost has passed.

Watch out for slugs and snails at­tack­ing new growth on plants, pick off any which you see and spread a layer of coarse grit or egg shells around vul­ner­a­ble plants.

Sow main­crop car­rots, parsnip, beet­root, spring onion, peas, let­tuce, spinach and rocket out­doors. Put plant stakes in place be­fore peren­ni­als emerge.

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