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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

If you have a new plan­ta­tion of sum­mer­fruit­ing straw­ber­ries, pinch out the flow­ers in the first year to give the crowns a chance to es­tab­lish and bulk up be­fore pro­duc­ing fruit.

Thin out hardy an­nu­als sown dur­ing March, re­mov­ing the weak­est

Plant out sweet peas sown in Jan­uary which have been well hard­ened off

Ap­ply fer­tiliser feeds to veg­eta­bles, fruit, roses and other plants mak­ing rapid growth

Pinch out un­wanted sideshoots of glasshouse tomatoes

Re­move blan­ket weed from ponds to let oxy­gen in

Cover vul­ner­a­ble crops such as cal­abrese and cau­li­flower with fleece or fine mesh to keep flea bee­tle out

Move hardy veg such as salad leaf and car­rots out­side now

Overseed thin patches of lawn af­ter rak­ing it to re­move dead grass and ap­ply­ing a gen­eral pur­pose fer­tiliser

Move self-sown plants such as aqui­le­gia, fox­gloves and prim­roses to where you’d like them to grow

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