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LIVING: IN THE GARDEN: TIPS FOR THE WEEK.

1 Protect any early-flowering chrysanthemum blooms from autumnal damp with some form of temporary shelter held above them on stakes.

2 Pot up a batch of freesia corms to flower in the spring, and keep in a cool place to promote short sturdy growth.

3 Plant out spring cabbage in well-firmed ground as soon as possible and earth up late celery and leeks.

4 Finish pruning out old flowered shoots and train in new growths on rambler roses as soon as possible. Where there is a shortage of new shoots reduce old flowered stems in length by half.

5 Clear greenhouses as soon as possible where they are to house late-flowering chrysanthemums or half-hardy perennials.

6 Do not delay any longer the sowing of fresh seed from hardy primulas and mecanopsis as the seed does not store well. Keep seedlings in the cold greenhouse or cold frame and protect from slugs.

7 Continue to pick apples and pears when they are ready, wrapping only the best-quality fruit and storing in a cool place.

8 Gather up the first of the leaves as they begin to accumulate and harbour slugs. Put out a few pellets sparingly.

9 Plant out the spring pansies and polyanthus as soon as possible. Plant up containers and raised beds, including narcissi, as soon as possible. Tulips may be left for a while yet.

10 Check main-crop potatoes.

When the skin cannot easily be rubbed off they should be harvested and stored in airy but dark places or hessian/paper bags.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2002
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