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Local Life - West Lancashire - March 2018

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48 Gardening PLANT OF

48 Gardening PLANT OF THE MONTH Primula These cheerful bedding plants are an economical and easy way to fill flower beds and patio pots with colour to welcome in the early spring months. Bursting with shades of sunshine yellow, bright pink and vibrant purples, Primulas will flower for weeks with litle maintenance needed, creating instant, colour and brightness to gardens and displays. Keep watered if the weather should be dry and these hardy perennials will bloom, lasting for several years and covering large areas. They can handle frost and will provide a rainbow of colour until the weather warms up. TOP TIP Nature doesn’t like gaps. Either you fill it up with something or be warned - it’s likely to get filled with a weed! JOBS FOR MARCH • Prepare your beds for sowing by raking over when the soil is dry enough. • Plant your first early potatoes later on in the month. • Keep on top of your weeding. • Deadhead daffodils as the flowers finish and then let them die back naturally. • Keep an eye out for slugs as the weather gets warmer. You can use nematodes for effective organic control. • Top dress your containers with a fresh layer of compost. • Prune climbing roses. • Mow the lawn on dry days if required. HAVE A GO! Grow your own spuds in a container. This is a magical process and practical too! Fill the container 4 inches deep with compost. Put in potatoes that have eyes in them, pointing upwards, and space about 5 - 7 inches apart. Cover them with 3 inches of moist soil. As the shoots grow continue to add further layers of compost until you reach just near the top of the container. Water and feed. The first tubers will be ready to enjoy soon after the plants flower. Simply put your hand in and rummage!

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