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If mild, the first high cut can be taken.
Continue breaking down any new areas for seeding.
At the end of the month give the first dressing of fertiliser. (In the north this should be delayed until there are signs of growth).


Sow broad beans, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, peas, radish and turnips.
Very early cauliflowers may be planted out; also early sown leeks.


Finish planting fruit trees and pruning newly established trees.
Spray blackcurrants with lime sulphur against big bud.
Fertilise trees with sulphate of potash at 3 ounces per square yard, or a general fertiliser - sulphate of potash 3 parts, super phosphates 5 parts, sulphate of ammonia 2 parts at 2 ounces per square yard below the canopy of the trees.
Plant strawberries.


Give roses early spray of Captan to control blackspot and BHC against greenfly.
Plant Forsythia, weigela, deutzia.


Plant summer flowering bowls such as gladiolus, lilies, montbretia. Hardy border perennials can be planted, e.g. pholx, delphinium, lupin, geum, potentilla, Michaelmas daisy, pinks.
Transplant Christmas rose and Iris.
Put autumn sown sweet peas and in the open garden.


Half hardy annuals such as Astor, nemsia, pholx and zinnia can be sown.
Put dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum shoots in moist warm soil annuals soon be able to take cuttings.
Cuttings can also be taken of coleus, begonias, fuchsias, zonal pelargoniums.


Protect seedlings with slugbait where necessary.
Make sure that the soil is in good condition before you work with it.