HEAP CALM AND CARRY ON...
■ Start a compost heap to manage weeds and lawn clippings. Mix with brown waste such as newspaper and cardboard for the best results.
■ Sow courgettes and pumpkins in pots for planting outdoors next month. French and runner beans plus sweetcorn will also be ready for sowing outdoors when frost is gone.
■ Make homemade liquid feed – stew nettle leaves or comfrey in water for a high-nitrogen feed.
■ Continue hardening off tender bedding for outdoors.
■ Pinch out the seedlings of annuals such as cosmos and zinnia to help form bushier, stronger plants.
■ Prune early flowering spring shrubs such as forsythia and ribes after flowers have gone. Early flowering clematis such as C. montana and the evergreen C. armandii can be clipped back after flowering if necessary.
■ Repair lawn patches with a seed and feed mix.
■ Sow lettuce, radish, spring onions and carrots at fortnightly intervals.
Good game: Forsythia
Time to start composting