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into decorative containers Put up bug boxes to provide places for beneficial insects Around the gardenPlant daffodil bulbs in pots and bordersCheck roses for suckers and cut off any you findTrim conifer hedgesFlowersKeep picking summer-sown saladsPlant garlic
!Raise the cutting height of your lawn mowerWash out and top up bird baths regularlyStretch netting over ponds and water features Around the gardenBuy tulips now while they're fresh in garden centresPlant daffodils and crocus in potsLift and pot up tender perennials
Take root cuttingsWinter is the ideal time to propagate perennials from root cuttings. Follow our step-by-step guide and you'll have plenty of new plants to beef up your borders in spring.Move worm compost bins under cover for winterEmpty glazed
with clingfilm - turns them into mini-propagators, that keep the compost damp, aiding germination.Label the pots and place them on a window sill in plenty of light. Aim to keep the room at 21°-25°C while the seeds germinate.After about five weeks, remove
.Protecting strawberries from slug and rain damage.Growing early strawberries.Propagating strawberries.
Sow seeds indoorsGrowing from seed is a simple and economical way of raising new plants for your garden. While many plants are hardy enough to grow outdoors, they'll benefit from being sown indoors to give them a head start. Sowing indoors is also
The taste of fresh asparagusin May is worth waiting for. A perennial crop, established asparagus plants will provide an annual crop of tasty spears for up to 20 years.Choose the spot you will grow your asparagus carefully. Asparagus needs lots of space to grow and thrives in shel...
, as this can be a fiddly job. Then sprinkle a thin, even layer of fine compost over the seeds, ensuring they're not disturbed.Cover each pot with clingfilm - turning them into mini-propagators, which keeps the compost damp and aids germination.Label the pots
unwanted boxes.If you need more space, hang two or three boxes together.Advice on propagating plantsCarol Klein's video guide to taking basal cuttingsMaking a cloche for seedsSowing seeds indoorsTaking summer cuttingsView a variety of conservatory climbers
. Then sprinkle a thin, even layer of fine compost over the seeds, ensuring they're not disturbed.Cover each pot with clingfilm - creating a mini-propagator, which keeps the compost damp and aids germination.Label the pots and place them on a window sill in plenty