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TIPS FOR THE WEEK.

Byline: Howard Drury

As the days lengthen and the sun gains power, plants really will need more water now.

Continue sowing bedding plants and vegetables for transplanting.

Mulch around all fruit trees with compost, strawy manure or even last autumn's grass mowings and leaves.

Spray gooseberries with an insecticide to prevent the eggs of caterpillars hatching later on and add a fungicide to prevent mildew such as Bio Systemic.

Pot up early rooted Begonias and Gloxinias into individual pots.

Early potatoes can be planted on well-drained soils in sheltered spots.

Go over the rock garden, easing out any germinating weed seeds and generally tidying up.

Finish any planting on the herbaceous borders as soon as possible and thin established plants for better quality blooms.

Slugs must be controlled at this time of the year before they damage plants for the rest of the season. Scatter pellets sparingly.

Sow hardy annuals and plant out sweet peas.

Should cold nights be forecast it may be worth protecting the early flowering shoots on plums and damsons with a modern fleece.

Pot on young Fuchsias and Geraniums once they have filled the original pot with roots.

Give Dahlia tubers a little water to encourage them into growth.
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Title Annotation:Gardening
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2001
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