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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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