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Garden chores.

Mulch beds and borders when the soil is moist to reduce watering and weeding later in the year.

Divide congested clumps of perennials before they make a lot of new growth.

Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs you wish to propagate.

NComplete planting of bare-root fruit trees and bushes.

NTrim back winter-flowering heathers once flowers have faded.

NContinue to sow tender bedding plants in a heated propagator or in trays on a warm windowsill.

NSow hardy annuals in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.

NPlant out bulbs grown for indoor use which have finished flowering.

NContinue to prune roses, removing old and thin spindly wood.

NFeed shallow-rooted small or trained trees, bush and can fruits, using a general fertiliser.

NBuy summer-flowering bulbs before stocks run out.

NWatch out for aphids, red spider mites and whitefly in the greenhouse.
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Title Annotation:Life Gardening
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2004
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