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* Harden off tender summer bedding plants.

Lift and divide clumps of flag iris after flowering.

Prune Clematis montana after flowering.

Continue successional sowing of vegetables.

Keep mowing and feeding lawns when weather permits. Each time, lower cutting blades slightly. * Feed fish regularly, but not so much that the leftovers will rot in the water.

Remove blanket weed and duck weed using a net or twisting it around a cane.

Tie in the shoots of vigorous climbers such as roses, vines and clematis.

Tidy up clump-forming springflowering perennials such as pulmonarias, cutting down the foliage to encourage new leaves to grow. * Cut back arabis, aubrieta and alyssum hard after flowering, to encourage new growth.

Sow runner beans and French beans outside, two to the base of each bean pole or bamboo cane.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 12, 2012
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