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Help the war on plastic and make sim­ple lit­tle pa­per pots for seed sow­ing from news­pa­per.

Wrap the pa­per sev­eral times around a cylin­dri­cal ob­ject such as a bot­tle and then tuck in at the end.

You can also use card­board egg car­tons, toi­let rolls or ready-to-pur­chase biodegrad­able pots in gar­den cen­tres.

Weeds are emerg­ing – the more you tackle them now, the less prob­lems you’ll have later in the sea­son. If you’ve been busy cut­ting back and prun­ing, give th­ese shrubs a boost with some com­post/ ma­nure or fer­tiliser to help them re­cover. If you took hard­wood cut­tings last year, check on them now – they should be ready for pot­ting on or plant­ing in the ground.

Have you got your veg seeds ready for plant­ing out? Soil will be warm enough in many ar­eas in the next few weeks for sow­ing in the ground.

Get ready for the new sea­son – gar­den cen­tres are full of flow­er­ing bulbs which will look great in pots and containers or bare gaps in the bor­ders.

Lightly clip heathers as their flow­ers turn brown.

Acid-lov­ing plants such as rho­dos and camel­lias will al­ways ben­e­fit from an er­i­ca­ceous feed.

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