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Tidy borders, clearing them [...].

? Tidy borders, clearing them of weeds and debris, and avoid compacting the soil in wet weather by using short pieces of board to walk on.

Make sure that tender and half-hardy fuchsias, remaining dormant in their pots, do not become completely dry. Spray any early growth with tepid water in the light to soften the wood, but do this sparingly.

Check and secure plant ties before the plants start to grow actively.

Feed large fan-trained peach and nectarine trees with a balanced fertiliser or blood, fish and bone to encourage new shoots.

Use a heated propagator to sow half-hardy annuals and other bedding plants including antirrhinums, African marigolds, Begonia semperflorens, gazanias and lobelias. ? Order new summer-flowering bulbs and tubers from a reputable supplier. Store them in shallow boxes or trays and keep in a dry, frost-free place until ready to plant.

Sow seeds of annual carnations, covering them with glass or plastic sheeting and keeping them at a constant temperature of 13-15C (55-60F).

Cut back climbers such as Virginia creeper, ivy and climbing hydrangea growing on the house by at least 45cm (18in) from all windows and door frames.

Pick off fading flowers and foliage from winter container plants and trim back frost-damaged shoots.

When watering plants (sparingly) in the greenhouse, water them as early in the day as possible, so surfaces are dry before nightfall.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2012
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