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what to do this week.

A | | AS FRESH shoots appear on herbaceous perennials, stake them early with pea sticks and small branches to lessen the chance of damage

Sow | onions outdoors, if you haven't already raised them under glass.

VentilAte | cold frames and greenhouses on sunny days to encourage sturdy plant growth.

Feed | shrubs, trees, new hedges and fruit bushes as necessary.

ensure | pots of permanent plantings that were sheltered over the winter haven't dried out.

Begin | mowing the lawn, making sure blades are sharp and are set high to only remove the top 1-3cm on the first cut.

fill | gaps in the border with annuals, herbs or cheap and cheerful perennials like lupins.

P | | PLANT summer-flowering bulbs such as tigridias 5-8cm deep and 10-15cm apart in a sunny, well-drained position

if you | are doing hanging baskets, plant them up now so that the plants will have filled out by the time you put them out, but remember to keep them somewhere light and warm such as a porch or greenhouse, until the weather warms up and all danger of frost has passed.

Mulch | permanent containers with compost topped with a layer of gravel or cocoa shells to cut down moisture loss.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2015
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