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IN THE GARDEN


with Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden Design


April/May


• Lawns – mow, aerate with hollow ne fork and apply spring ferlizer when rain is forecast.


• Dormant dahlia tubers can be planted out towards the end of April. • Place a layer of horcultural grit on the surface of pots of Primulas, Fuchsias and Cyclamen in the greenhouse to deter egg laying vine weevils.


• Trim ivy on walls and fences. • Plant magnolias now. They transplant beer when growth is just commencing. • Earth up early potatoes when stems are about eight inches tall and repeat about three weeks later. Main crop potatoes should be planted by the end of April.


• In order to control blackspot on roses spray them every fourteen days with a combined inseccide and fungicide.


• Aer heavy rain, apply a two inch mulch between shrubs and border plants to conserve moisture.


• Rejuvenate old heathers by spreading a four inch layer of ericaceous compost over them and water it down to the base of the plant.


• Control weeds around the base of fruit trees and bushes. • If you have raised half hardy annuals, harden them off by taking them outside during the day and back into the greenhouse at night. They can then be planted out when all danger of frost has passed.


Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden Design, Lymington is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Solent’s ‘The Good Life’


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