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Keep harvesting root veg such as beetroot and carrotsOrder fruit trees and bushes for planting from late autumnFinish picking beans, but leave a few pods to ripen fully to save their seedClear away plants and fading foliage from old cropsPrune back
Watch Monty Don's video demonstration of how to sow spinach seeds, with advice on the ideal location, soil preparation and spacing.springMore advice on growing vegVideo advice on sowing salad leavesSow lettuce seeds in gutteringHow to sow seeds
Spread a thick layer of mulch (manure or compost) around fruit trees and bushesPlant fruit bushes, trees and canes into enriched soilPrune blackcurrants, cutting out a quarter of the oldest woody stems from mature plantsOrder blight-resistant seed potato varieties if disease has ...
Plant new fruit trees, canes and bushesUse cloches to warm soil for early sowingsPrepare areas for planting asparagusPrune apple and pear trees to remove congested, badly placed, damaged or diseased branchesCover seakale to force new shoots to develop
Sprinkle a handful of sulphate of potash fertiliser around the base of fruit trees and bushesPlant new raspberry canes and blackberry plantsPrepare beds to plant asparagusPlace tunnel cloches or simple sheets of polythene over beds to warm soil for early sowingsCarry on sowing se...
Use twigs pushed into the ground to support tall-growing peas, or use short canes and stringFeed strawberries with a high potash feed, such as tomato fertiliserSow flowering companions in your veg plot, such as tagetes and poached egg plants
Net blackberries and autumn-fruiting raspberriesVeg to sow now include swedes, spring cabbages, beetroot for leaves, winter lettuces, radishes, coriander, Japanese onions
varieties of broad beans and peas under clochesDig up and compost old summer cropsSource bags of composted green waste from local authorities to spread onto veg beds over winterPlant out autumn onion sets and garlicTake hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes
Tie in new shoots of blackberries and cane fruits to support wiresSow sweetcorn in deep pots, raising strong young plants to transplant into the garden in JunePinch off strawberry runners as soon as they develop, to stop them competing
Place card collars around the stems of brassicas to prevent an attack of cabbage root flySow pots of herbs such as parsley, coriander and basil Plant out early potatoes, onion sets and shallotsThrow sheets of fleece over fruit trees on frosty nights to protect blossomSow seeds of...