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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Con­tinue to pre­pare seedbeds out­side, weather per­mit­ting, us­ing planks to stand on if the soil you are work­ing on is very wet.

Weed bor­ders and mulch bare soil with or­ganic mat­ter or other ma­te­rial to stop them emerg­ing again.

Plant con­tain­ers with hardy plants in­clud­ing small trees, shrubs and climbers.

Cut vig­or­ous climbers such as ivy, win­ter-flow­er­ing jas­mine and hon­ey­suckle back hard.

Lift and di­vide over­grown clumps of sum­mer-flow­er­ing herba­ceous peren­ni­als, just as growth gets un­der way.

Split prim­u­las af­ter flow­er­ing, as the flow­ers go over.

Place stakes in the ground to sup­port peren­ni­als which will soon be emerg­ing.

Cut down growth left af­ter win­ter to make way for new shoots, dress­ing the soil with a fer­tiliser so it’s ready for a layer of mulch.

Plant out early va­ri­eties of potato, once they have been chit­ted.

Plant a patch of com­frey in a bright, sunny corner of the kitchen gar­den. The leaves make a great ad­di­tion to the com­post heap, or spread over the soil around crops as a mulch.

Sow salad leaves lit­tle and of­ten, re­sult­ing in a con­tin­u­a­tion of crops to har­vest through the sum­mer.

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