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Spring Gardening Tips: What to Plant, Sow and Prune.

Planting:

Now that the soil is beginning to warm up it is time to think about planting your vegetables, perennials, hardy annuals and summer flowering bulbs. 

Vegetables such as potatoes, onions, broad beans, cabbages, carrots, radishes, lettuce, rocket and spinach all taste so good when they are grown in your own garden. Packets of seeds can be sown outdoors and in succession to keep your vegetable supply coming. Always read the packet to check timings.

There is a wide variety of perennial flowering plants available in local garden centres at this time of the year. You can also pick up a bargain on our stall at Milford Village Fete on June 8th! Annual flowering plants, such as Pelargoniums need to be protected from the frost or planted outdoors in late spring. There is still time to split any hardy perennials that have outgrown their place in your garden. You can pot up any you don't want for us to sell at the village fete too.

Hardy Perennials such as Alchemilla, hardy Geraniums, lupins and hardy fushias make a splash of colour and return year after year.

 

Plant summer flowering bulbs like Lilies and Gladioli, and keep an eye out for lily beetle. These red beetles can eat the flowers of the lilies as they grow and before they flower!

Seed Sowing:

Sow hardy annuals like Zinnia, Cosmos, Coreopsis, Helianthus (sunflowers), Petunia, Calendula (marigolds) and Tagetes (French marigolds). They cheer up any flowerbed and are easy to grow.  Plan ahead for next year and sow biennial flowers like Sweet William ready to flower in 2025. You could enter the results in our Summer Show.

Sow courgettes, tomatoes, pumpkin and squash seeds in pots and put in a warm place such as a sunny windowsill, propagator or greenhouse.  

Pruning:

If you have early flowering shrubs, once they have finished flowering, now is the time to prune them. However don't prune Daphne shrubs. Other plants that benefit from a prune at this time of year are roses, hardy fuchsias, fig trees, Photinia and Ligustrum hedging.

Always check for nesting birds before starting to prune!

Happy gardening.

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