Gardening calendar: plant lilies and mow the lawn –

This includes pelargoniums,
arctotis, verbenas,
and argyranthemums taken late last summer or autumn. They’ll be well rooted
now and will benefit from some fresh compost and more space for root
formation, before planting in their summer position.

3. Plant lily
straight into the ground

Give them plenty of room and on heavy soil, add grit for drainage to their
planting hole. Most varieties thrive with their bulbs in some shade, and
tops emerging into full sun. We’ve spotted the first lily beetle already in
the garden at Perch Hill, so get your squishing fingers out.

4. Repot your citrus in fresh citrus specific compost

If you can’t find this, ericaceous is the next best thing.

5. Pick a big vase of euphorbias

Euphorbias can last up to a month indoors (ALAMY)

Use garden gloves on to protect you against the sap, and mix with twigs of
pussy willow, both now in full flower. They’ll last nearly a month in water
if you sear the stem ends in boiling water for 30 seconds.

6. If you have a greenhouse, sow large seeded, large-leaved vegetables

This includes cucumbers
and courgettes,
but you need room to move them under glass in about a month’s time. You’ll
then have an early July harvest. Sow the seeds straight down, each seed into
its own individual pot, and put in a propagator.
They should germinate, warm and moist, within 7-10 days.

7. Cut the lawn

Set your blades high when doing your first spring trim (ALAMY)

With the dryer weather, do the first cut of your lawn, making sure the blades
are set quite high.You can smarten everything up by cutting your lawn edges,

10 garden trimmers

8. Top dress blueberries
grown in pots with ericaceous compost

It’s important to have two different varieties to get good production. They
will fruit without, but you’ll get a paltry quantity.

9. Try growing sea kale

Sea kale: will last for decades (ALAMY)

This is a rare vegetable, well worth growing for its delicious taste and early
cropping season. Plant the root cuttings, with the flat rather than sloping
end uppermost, in moist, fertile soil, in a sunny spot, about a foot apart,
covered with an inch or two of soil. They’ll take a couple of years to get
established, but will then last for decades.

10. Tidy up tussock forming grasses with a shaping hair cut

Now is also the time to divide and replant species such as Stipa gigantea
which struggle when newly planted in the wet and cold of winter. Many of the
larger grasses have tough, fibrous roots, so you may need a couple of you to
lift well established clumps and a sharp spade to slice through and divide
the tussock into sections.

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