Somerset Life - - GARDENING -

Plant wall­flow­ers – bun­dles of field grown plants are in gar­den cen­tres now. Their scent in spring is amaz­ing! Re­plant hang­ing bas­kets and con­tain­ers with hardy plants such as pansy and vi­ola, prim­roses and ivy.

Lift dahlia tu­bers and store frost free in barely damp com­post.

Plant gar­lic and au­tumn onions now.

Straw­berry run­ners should be planted now. If they are re­plac­ing old plants, choose a fresh site for best re­sults.

Lift and di­vide herba­ceous peren­ni­als, re­mov­ing peren­nial weeds, and im­prov­ing the soil with com­post and fertiliser as you go. Any mov­ing of trees and shrubs can also be done now.

Clear fallen leaves from the lawn, and aer­ate it with a fork to help drainage. Any leaves col­lected can be made into leaf mould – a valu­able soil im­prover.

Clean your green­house, get­ting into all the corners!

Move any frost ten­der plants such as cit­rus in­side now.

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