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5 easy Easter gardening jobs

Red Falstaff apple blossom
Red Falstaff apple blossom
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Potato Jazzy in 8l bags

Plant seed potatoes

Good Friday is the traditional day to plant potatoes in NE England, mainly because it was one of the few days off the pitmen had. However, this didn’t work so well when Easter fell early! Wait until the soil is warm enough before planting potatoes – if grass and weeds are growing, it should be fine. If you got off to an early start last month with your spuds, then they may be ready for earthing up – covering the haulms with soil. Start this process 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.

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Harden off ready-planted hanging baskets

Harden off shop-bought plants

Make sure annuals you buy at the garden centre/nursery are hardened off before you plant them out. Half-hardy annuals like Surfinia, petunias, French marigolds and Antirrhinum can’t go outside until your last frost date.

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Sweet pea Night Sky

Get your sweet peas in

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

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Filling an ugly gap with Godetia Lady in Blue

Sow hardy annuals

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

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Checking broad beans for pests and diseases…

Veg to be sown

Sow seeds of the following veg if conditions are fine: beetroot, parsnips, turnips, onions, peas and mangetout, broad beans, lettuce and salad leaves, spinach, radish, rocket, mizuna, pak choi, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

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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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