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THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
Now is the time to earth up your potatoes and plant the last crop. Thin out vegetable seedlings and water well. Sow tender dwarf and runner beans in pots to produce sturdy plants for putting out in June when the frosts have passed. You can find out how at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
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SUMMER BEDDING
Plant out your summer bedding plants towards the end of the month when all risk of frost is over. Harden off Dahlias and Cannas. Cut back flowered shoots of Choisya to help a second flush of flowers in the autumn. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of spring flowering bulbs. Remember to keep hoeing the weeds! You can find out how at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
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PROPAGATION
Now is a good time to take cuttings from softwood shrubs and tender perenials such as fuschia argyranthemum, pelargonium and geranium. Use side shoots as cuttings, remove all leaves except the growing tips, dip the stem in hormone rooting powder, put in moist compost and cover with cling film to retain moisture. You can find out more here www.RHS.org.uk
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PONDS
Keep ponds and water features topped up and clean pond filters. Remove blanket weed by twirling around a stick or by using a proprietary control product. Remove floating duckweed with a net. Leave gathered weeds by the side of the pond for a couple of days so that any creatures you have collected can return to the water. Find out more here www.RHS.org.uk