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5 key gardening jobs March 24-30

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A beautiful sight in blossom - plum Lizzie
A beautiful sight in blossom - Japanese blood plum Lizzie on March 25, 2017

1Cover alpine troughs with gravel

Freshly-planted Belfast sink with Sempervivum, Delosperma and Saxifraga

Top dress spring-flowering alpines with grit or gravel to show off the plants and to help prevent stem rots.

2Be vigilant against slugs and snails

The must-have garden accessory this year – an avalanche of snails

Continue to protect new growth on lilies, delphiniums and hostas, etc, from slugs and snails.

3Spring clean the pond

George eating ribbon grass in the pond as fast as it grows

Remove netting placed over the pond to protect it from leaf fall. Divide marginal and bog garden plants if overcrowded. Contain vigorous perennials by planting in aquatic plant baskets and top with a layer of gravel. Cut back old marginal vegetation.

4Cover fruit blossom with fleece

Not a good thing for blossom buds on blood plum Lizzie

Protect fruit blossom from frost, but make sure insects can reach the flowers or else hand pollinate them.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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