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Carol ROCKET RIGHT THROUGH THE WINTER TIME Can I grow lettuce and rocket in winter? - Lewis Jenkins, by email Carol: If you have a bright, sheltered environment, preferably a greenhouse (it doesn't need to be heated), you can sow lettuce, rocket and other leafy crops successionally through winter. You could have a go at baby leaves using the same subjects plus crops like beetroot and broccoli. Sow more thickly than usual. When shoots are a couple of inches high, cut them with scissors.

MAKE YOUR PANICULATA A CUT ABOVE How do I prune my Hydrangea paniculata? Is it the same as my mopheads? - Lilian Gerrard, by email Carol: With any of the hortensia hydrangeas, mopheads or lacecaps, wait until spring then cut back the flowered stems to the next buds down (old flowerheads protect infant buds). But you can be bolder with paniculatas, cutting back to one to two feet. You build a strong, even framework and help it produce substantial panicles of flower.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 13, 2015
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