What to do this week

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

Tidy up shrubs by cut­ting back bro­ken stems and branches

Sow sweet peas in a cool, light room or a frost-free cold frame

Or­der sum­mer-flow­er­ing bulbs from cat­a­logues

Prune wis­te­ria, short­en­ing the sideshoots from the main frame­work to en­cour­age flower buds

Keep off icy grass or you’ll dam­age it

Spread out well-rot­ted ma­nure or gar­den compost on to your bor­ders

Keep bird baths and feed­ers topped up

Keep on top of win­terg­er­mi­nat­ing weeds by hoe­ing any weed seedlings you see

Clear damp, soggy leaves from the crowns of plants Force rhubarb Con­tinue to buy seed pota­toes for chit­ting be­fore plant­ing in March

Bend leaves over cauliflow­ers to pro­tect the de­vel­op­ing curds

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