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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Harden off au­tumn­sown cauliflow­ers which have been over­win­tered in frames.

Reg­u­larly check late pota­toes you have in store. As sprouts ap­pear, rub them out.

In mild, dry con­di­tions, plant out polyan­thus.

Tidy up pan­sies and vi­o­las in hang­ing bas­kets and con­tain­ers as they come into life.

Top dress per­ma­nent plant­ings in tubs.

Clean wa­ter­ing cans, seed trays and pots.

Prick out seedlings in the green­house and trans­fer to larger pots.

Con­tinue to or­der plug plants or pick them up at gar­den cen­tres.

Pro­tect straw­ber­ries with hor­ti­cul­tural fleece.

Keep an eye on black­ber­ries, tak­ing care to tie in new growth as it oc­curs.

Prune hy­drangeas, re­mov­ing the old flow­er­ing heads which pro­tected the plant against frost.

Sow sum­mer spinach, which should be ready to har­vest in May.

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