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Rhubarb treat

Forced rhubarb costs a fortune in the shops, but it’s not difficult to force your own rhubarb crown at home each year, giving you as much as you can eat almost for free.

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Plant of the Week: Monstera

Monstera deliciosa, more commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant, is the coolest plant on the block at the moment.

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New work for Diarmuid Gavin

The €2.5m Urban Garden has all the hallmarks of Diarmuid's ambitious, rule-breaking style. It uses 90 stacked shipping containers to create a massive walled terrace garden stretching along 192m of the Gateshead Quays.

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Forcing new potatoes

Start off some new potatoes in sacks undercover now and you could be harvesting your early summer treats weeks earlier this year!

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Cutting back ornamental grasses

Eventually, even these most lovely of winter performers start to look a little battered. So cut them back hard now, before the new green shoots show so there is no risk of cutting them back as well.

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Plant of the Week: Hyacinth

It won’t be long till they burst into flower, so now is the perfect opportunity to pop into the garden centre and pick up a bowl full of ready-grown bulbs just on the point of flowering.

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Grow your own asparagus

Asparagus is one of the best-value crops you can grow. It’s really expensive in the shops – yet if you grow your own it costs pennies, and you get to feast each spring on as much as you can eat!

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Gardening in February

There are snowdrops and crocuses galore to prove spring is just around the corner, and you can risk sowing the first hardy vegetables undercover in a heated propagator to kick-start the veg growing year.

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Plant of the Week: Yucca

Their evergreen, sword-shaped leaves spear up out of the border, sometimes edged strikingly in silver or gold; Yucca filamentosa has long, delicate threads curling from the edges to soften their spiky, architectural shape.

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Keep up with the winter weeding

Stay indoors now and by spring they’ll have a head start on the season, setting seed before you notice they’re there and spreading into a real headache by summer.

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