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Make a nursery bed

Make a nursery bed to get your veg seedlings off to a flying start this spring. Putting aside a corner of your plot just for raising seeds is a great investment and helps you get the most from your veg patch.

It might seem a long way ahead, but it's actually just the right time to buy in seed for all your winter crops, which need a long growing season so they're at full throttle just when you want them at the end of the year. In our garden centre you'll...

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Get asparagus beds ready

Get asparagus beds ready for the arrival of new asparagus crowns in the garden centre any minute now. Planting asparagus is a real investment in your veg garden, as they're perennial plants, coming back year after year for up to 20 years.

Choose from traditional heritage types like the prolific 'Connover's Colossal', or more modern varieties like 'Guelph Millennium', a later-maturing variety, or 'Gijnli...

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Show the gardener in your life how much you love them

Show the gardener in your life how much you love them with a green-fingered present to set the heart beating faster. All romantics love a bunch of red roses on February 14th – but for something longer lasting and just that little bit different, you'll find plenty of more unusual ideas in our garden centre too.

Heart-shaped climbing plants: twine fragrant jasmine or stephanotis around a...

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Prune clematis

Prune clematis which flower in mid to late summer – both the pretty, small-flowered C. texensis and C. viticella varieties and the larger-flowered, more showy types like violet-blue 'William Kennett' and the lovely pure white 'Marie Boisselot'.

All these train beautifully through climbing roses, as both can be pruned at the same time. Start by removing all thin and weak stems, or any which have become damaged through the year. Then cut...

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Give your beds a good mulch

Give your beds a good mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure at this time of year and you'll set them up perfectly for the year ahead.

Mulching is the gardener's magic wand: at a stroke you can deal with feeding, watering, weeding and soil care, plus a bit of frost protection to boot, with just a few bags of good-quality organic matter from the garden centre. It's one of those trade secrets which transforms your veg-growing life.
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February's plant of the month is the heather

February's plant of the month is the heather, a plant that's had something of a bad press in recent years. We can't understand why, as there are few plants more versatile and easy-to-please in the garden: have a look at our great selection and try them out for yourself!

They have a deservedly good reputation as reliable, evergreen winter-flowering beauties, but in fact there are dozens of different types of heather, inc...

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What to do in the garden in February:

With the garden waking up, we're revving up for the season this month: time to get outside and revel in the beauty of emerging spring bulbs and bright, frosty mornings. Here's what to be getting on with right now:

General tasks:
Have a last weed through before easily damaged new shoots emerge on shrubs and perennials...

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Dust off your binoculars

Dust off your binoculars – it's birdwatching time again! The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is about to hold its annual national count of the country's bird populations, and it needs your help.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has become something of an institution in the three decades since it started. Nearly 600,000 people took part last year and counted 8.2 million birds. It's not difficult to join in: just go to the w...

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Plant up a pot

Plant up a pot and you'll discover just how easy it is to get gardening. Look out for special events in our garden centre under the 'It Starts with a Pot' logo in the coming months: you'll find loads of inspiration and ideas on how to turn a simple container into a mini-garden, full of pretty flowers, tasty veg or fragrant herbs.

Choose a container from the wonderful selection in our garden centre, add some plants and compost, and you'r...

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Prune summer jasmine

Prune summer jasmine now, while it's still dormant and before all those new delicate shoots start appearing as it's easier to see what you're doing when dealing with bare branches.

The heavy perfume of this spectacular summer climber can fill your garden, and in full flower the plant is smothered in a froth of white blooms. Train its twining stems over a bower or archway, perhaps mixed with the blush-pink rambler rose 'Albertine', to ad...

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