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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Tidy up shrubs by cut­ting back bro­ken stems and branches. ●● Sow sweet peas in a cool, light room or a frost-free, shel­tered cold frame. ●● Or­der sum­mer­flow­er­ing bulbs from cat­a­logues. ●● Prune wis­te­ria, short­en­ing the sideshoots from the main frame­work to en­cour­age flower buds. ●● Keep off icy grass or you’ll dam­age it. ●● Spread out well­rot­ted ma­nure or gar­den compost on to your bor­ders. ●● Keep bird baths and feed­ers topped up. ●● Keep on top of win­ter-ger­mi­nat­ing weeds by hoe­ing any weed seedlings you see. ●● Clear damp, soggy leaves from the crowns of plants. ●● Force rhubarb. ●● Con­tinue to buy seed pota­toes for chit­ting be­fore plant­ing in March. ●● Bend leaves over cauliflow­ers to pro­tect the de­vel­op­ing curds.

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