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IN THE GARDEN


with Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden Design


February /March


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Thaw ice on ponds by standing a pan of boiling water on the ice.


Avoid overwatering in the greenhouse and venlate well on mild days. If overwintering fuchsias are showing new growth, move them onto the staging.


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Prune winter jasmine aer flowering. Shorten each flowered shoot to within two shoots of its base.


Connue to plant trees and shrubs, so long as the soil is not too wet or frosty. Firm any previous planngs that have been lied by frost. New lawn turf can be laid during mild spells.


Give spring cabbage a light dressing of nitrogen based ferliser (nitro‐ chalk) and lightly hoe in.


Start to feed the fish in your pond, once they appear lively.


Trim old flowered shoots off winter flowering heathers and top dress with a peaty mix.


Complete the pruning of the roses.


Prune established clemas of jackmanii and vicella types to within six inches of the base of last year’s growth.


If you have a new garden, concentrate on geng the soil weed‐free, well drained and in good condion during the first year.


Rely largely on annuals for colour and flowers – good material for your compost heap later. Planng for permanence can wait.


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


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