• URGENT CHECKS Remove any storm damaged branches from shrubs and small trees, cutting cleanly back to a healthy branch or the trunk. Gardeners often try to get partly broken branches to heal by strapping them back together, but they are highly unlikely to rejoin and may attract fungal problems. Wound paints are not recommended on older damaged wood, although Maxicrop Pruning Balm may help stimulate new growth along the younger stems.
• PLANNING FOR SUMMER No sooner than the spring bulbs decide to pop their leaves tentatively through the cold soil, we now need to think about those glorious summer bulbs and get them sourced and planted. It’s still a tad early for Begonias and Dahlias, although they can be started off under warm glass if that’s available, however, the likes of Anemone De Caen, Liliums such as ‘Star Gazer’, Freesia and Gladiolius can be planted next month onwards in well-
• Gladioli ‘Charming Beauty’ is a delicate salmon pink gladioli growing to a height of around 2ft (60cm), so shorter than some of its taller cousins. It flowers from July through until-
• POTATO DAY Don’t forget our Spud-
• WEED ALERT Hairy bittercress can be a curse in pots as it can quickly establish itself if not removed. You do need to be quick to remove this weed as it will rapidly flower and set further seed, so ensuring continued persistence in your pots, borders or, worse still, the lawn, where it can be a really tricky weed to eradicate! Back to the pots, consider removing a 1-
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