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Spring usually arrives by mid-March and the more frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It's time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

Top 10 jobs this month:

1. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes

2. Protect new spring shoots from slugs

3. Plant summer-flowering bulbs

4. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials

5. Top dress containers with fresh compost

6. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)

7. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems

8. Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand

9. Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters

10.Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days

Late Autumn / Winter

September is generally a cooler, gustier month than August and the days are noticeably shorter. While there's not as much to do in the ornamental garden at this time of the year, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you'll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. It's also time to get out and start planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year. Make the most of the remaining warmth while you can!

Top 10 jobs

1. Divide herbaceous perennials

2. Pick autumn raspberries

3. Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals

4. Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them

5. Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway

6. Keep up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible

7. Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering

8. Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for use in the autumn

9. Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting

10. Plant spring flowering bulbs


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