garden in the
Let loose your colourful side by planting a few spectacular hanging baskets of New Guinea impatiens. The Sunpatiens range, released here several years ago, comes in a range of glowing colours.
Do your cooking and garden a favour by planting a bay tree (Laurus nobilis). The hardy evergreen can be grown in the open garden or a large pot, in a full sun to part shade position.
Give your culinary efforts a shot in the arm by growing micro greens. They are edible plants such as cabbage, broccoli, cress and kale that are picked very young. Choose your own varieties to grow in plastic seed trays or seek out micro green mixes from seed companies. Sneak a few basil seedlings in among your tomato plants. The green
or purple varieties look good and are said to repel pests and improve the tomato’s flavour. Continue sowing tomato seeds. If wilt has been a problem with your plants in past years, try the new wilt-resistant varieties, including Ferline (medium-sized fruit), Sungold (sweet-tasting award-winner) and Sweet Million (bite-size fruit), all from Mr Fothergill’s.
Check out the sensational new geraniums (Pelargonium sp.) now appearing in nurseries. They look spectacular in window boxes or in a row of matching pots.
Ease gardenias out of winter slumber with a dose of fertiliser. Choose a formula for acidloving plants such as camellia and azalea.
Lend lemon trees a helping hand in producing new crops with a good feed of a citrus-specific fertiliser.
Watch for aphids feeding on tender new seedlings. Generally birds and other predators will make a meal of them but if the problem gets out of hand, spray with a pesticide.