CUT­TINGS AND MULCHING

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I will be tak­ing cut­tings from over­win­tered ten­der plants. Stocks of faster root­ing plants such as nas­tur­tium ‘Dar­jeel­ing Dou­ble’, he­liotrope, pelargo­ni­ums and solanum can be bulked-up to aug­ment the over­win­tered plants. It is time to tidy my beds and borders, then add mulch and com­post. My borders may be squelchy now but sum­mer brings cracked and com­pacted soil. Mind you, moles have been do­ing a grand job all winter turn­ing over and aer­at­ing the soil with their un­wel­come tun­nels! I’ll be sow­ing not only veg but also flower seeds in the green­house, in­clud­ing sun­flow­ers which need some warmth, and sweet­peas. Later on co­rian­der and dill will be sown straight into the veg beds.

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