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Put your vegetables under the cloche.

JOBS FOR THE WEEK | You can help your soil heat up in the veg patch by using cloches. This can be as simple as a plastic bottle cut in half.

| Summer-flowering shrubs, such as fuchsia, spiraea, perovskia, lavatera, buddleja, and deciduous ceanothus (eg | The seeds of most outdoor spring-sown crops won't germinate until the soil has warmed up to 7degC so be patient or start them off indoors. Start chitting potatoes.

| Have your pruned your shrub roses? It's time to cut them back and cut out old or diseased stems.

Gloire de Versailles) usually flower on new growth, so a good chop now will stimulate this.

| Lift and divide hostas before they come into leaf.

| Mulch shrub beds with well-rotted manure or compost organic matter to retain moisture and reduce weeds.

Using cloches helps to heat up soil Start chitting potatoes

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 24, 2018
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