●● Prepare the soil for sowing seeds by covering it with polythene sheeting to warm it up. ●● Prune autumnfruiting raspberries. ●● Sprout early seed potatoes for planting out next month. ●● Keep off the lawn to prevent it becoming compacted. ●● Order plug plants from specialist young plant catalogues or websites. ●● Make sure yearround containers haven’t dried out if they’ve been placed by the house over winter, and also top-dress tubs. ●● Protect strawberry plants from the wind and cold with horticultural fleece. ●● Plant stored dahlia tubers in compost in a frost-free greenhouse to give them a head start. ●● Check greenhouse plants for greenfly and wife them off with a damp tissue. ●● Harden off polyanthus before putting them out when the weather is milder.