Sweet peas are wonderfully cheery flowers to have.
They are beautiful as cut flowers with a heavenly scent. You can sow them in March but you’ll have better plants, with longer flowering stems, if you sow them now.
If you have trouble with mice, you can pre-soak your seeds for up to 24 hours in liquid paraffin to deter the rodents.
Complete pruning of climbing and bush roses before new growth becomes too strong.
Once winter flowering heathers have finished, trim them back with shears to the base of flower stalks.
Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest.
Prune shrubs hard such as Cornus and Salix grown for winter coloured stems.
Topdress beds and borders with a balanced fertiliser.
Prune late summer flowering shrubs such as Buddleia, Lavatera and Fuschia hard. These produce best show of flowers on wood made from spring onwards, so cutting them now encourages plenty of new growth.
In the greenhouse aubergines, tomatoes, chilli, celery, cabbage and leeks can be sown.
Outside in the vegetable garden peas, parsnips, shallots and onion sets can be sown. Radishes can be sown in the same row as parsnips. The radish seed will germinate and grow quickly, before the parsnips.
Provide food and fresh water for garden birds. Clean out existing bird boxes, or put up new ones, taking care not to position them close to feeding stations, as competition will usually prevent a nest box being successful.
Related gardening tips by Wellie:
- Gardening Tips for January from Wellie
- Gardening Tips for December from Wellie
- Gardening Tips for November from Wellie
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