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5 key gardening jobs April 21-27

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Chaenomeles japonica
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Plant potatoes if your soil is warm enough

Wait until the soil is warm enough before planting potatoes – if grass and weeds are growing, it should be fine. Start earthing up as the shoots start to show, paying special attention if frosts are forecast. If frost is forecast, protect early, young potato shoots. They’ll need protection even in unheated greenhouses and tunnels, as well as outdoors. Earth them up or cover with newspaper, net curtain or horticultural fleece overnight.

August 28: Sweet pea Night Sky

Harden off sweet peas

Plant out sweet peas and tie in if they are tall enough and hardened off. Provide support with twigs or string or pea netting.

Godetia Lady in Blue behind a perennial sweet pea

Sow hardy annuals

Hardy annual seeds can be sown directly into the open ground, but wait until you can see weeds growing strongly before sowing.

Astrantia Buckland and hardy geranium Jolly Jewel Hot Pink

Plant herbaceous perennials

You can still plant herbaceous perennials such as Geranium, Astrantia and Oriental poppies. Check that the plants you buy have strong, green shoots and plant them into well-prepared soil.

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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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