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■ 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

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