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67 In the Garden W In the garden, it’s time to...


K Plant out sweet peas and give them something to climb up.


K When planting out tender bedding plants, keep an eye on the weather and make sure you protect them from frosts.


K Apply weed killers this month and next for best effect.


K Mulch azaleas, rhododendrons, , camellias, heathers and pieris with ericaceous, lime free compost.


K Most shrubs and trees are best planted in the Autumn but many of the Mediterranean shrubs such as lavender, sage, rosemary and santolina, are best planted now.


K Tie in tender shoots of clematis and other climbers as they grow.


K Remove dead flower heads from bulbs, feed with a tomato liquid feed to build up the bulbs strength for next year. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to cut the leaves off. If you have overcrowded clumps of daffodils you can lift and split them now to replant immediately. Try to avoid damaging the roots as much as you can.


K Don’t stop feeding birds now that spring is here, now they have young they are under greatest pressure and will really benefit from your help.


Photos by Jo Pitson


GARDENING DIARY FOR APRIL & MAY with Avon Mill


e love this time of year when our gardens burst into life! Down at Avon Mill, the garden centre is full of amazing plants and everything you need to get growing. We look forward to helping you ‘love the plot you’ve got!’


Grow your own.


K If you haven’t raised your own plants, come to us to get some tomato, pepper and cucumber plants to grow in your greenhouse. If it is unheated, keep the plants on a bright windowsill indoors for a few more days.


K Plant main crop potatoes if you haven’t already done so. Early varieties may need earthing up to exclude the light from the tubers. Cover shoots with fleece to protect from frost damage.


K Sow runner beans, french dwarf beans, mange tout peas and garden peas.


K Plant containers up with some herbs. Avoid planting mint with other herbs as it will take over given a chance. Coriander, parsley, thyme, chives and tarragon are some of the most popular and look very decorative too!


K It is now safe to prune plum and cherry trees. They are vulnerable to the silver leaf disease if pruned in autumn or winter.


K Sow perpetual spinach, leeks, radish, turnips, lettuces, carrots, beetroot, Swiss chard and summer cauliflowers outside.


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