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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Make sure pots and seed trays in the green­house do not dry out.

Cut off dead flower spikes from sum­mer­flow­er­ing heathers and prune young tree heathers.

Prune plum trees once they have started grow­ing.

Make the first out­door sow­ings of culi­nary and salad herbs.

Dead-head daf­fodils as they fade.

Ap­ply a spring fer­tiliser to es­tab­lished lawns once they are ac­tively grow­ing and cut grass when it is about 8cm (3in) high.

Lift and di­vide herba­ceous peren­ni­als, al­low­ing them to colonise any bare ar­eas of ground.

En­cour­age au­tumn­sown broad beans with a dress­ing of su­per­phos­phate stirred into the soil along the rows.

Feed figs grow­ing un­der glass with a dress­ing of bone­meal, along with a mulch of com­post over the root run.

Sow a row of spinach beet for a sum­mer crop in July.

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