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Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

Re­move de­cay­ing fo­liage of spring bulbs, such as blue­bells.

Take soft­wood cut­tings. The ten­der new growth of many plants will root eas­ily (eg fuch­sia, hy­drangea, laven­der). Cut be­neath a leaf node where there is a con­cen­tra­tion of growth hor­mones, dip in root­ing pow­der and plant in a pot.

Water peas and beans – they are start­ing to flower so will be par­tic­u­larly thirsty as they form their pods.

Turn over your com­post heap to air it, and add some mois­ture if it’s too dry.

Lilies need stak­ing now.

Ori­en­tal pop­pies, pic­tured, look amaz­ing – how­ever briefly – but af­ter their spec­tac­u­lar flow­er­ing, cut them back and you might just get an­other flush of flow­ers.

Har­vest sal­ads and radishes. Then sow some more.

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