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Spring feed

Give everything a spring feed to get your plants up and raring to go again after a long, hard winter.

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Pests and diseases

The caterpillar is increasingly common in London and the Home Counties, and feeds on the leaves of box from within a protective webbing, causing severe defoliation.

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Plant of the Week: Ivy

It comes in all colours, not just green; look out for prettily variegated varieties edged in silver or gold.

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The garden lions are back!

There was an outcry after the famous pair of stone lions which had guarded Rowallane’s Avenue Ground for over 100 years went missing. Despite a huge campaign on social media and widespread coverage in the local press, the lions have never been found.

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Broad bean plants

Broad beans are incredibly hardy and germinate in cooler soil than most, so they’re among the first veg to go into the plot in spring.

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Looking after your Camellias

Spruce up your camellias after flowering to keep them neat, as these handsome evergreens can start to look a little messy as their winter and spring blossoms fade.

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Plant of the Week: Stephanotis

As a houseplant it’s amazingly versatile: like all jasmines, it is a climbing plant, so you can train it over a support or let it meander along a shelf.

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Planting asparagus crowns

Asparagus is fantastic value for money, as once you’ve planted it your crop will provide fat, succulent spears each spring for 20 years or even more!

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Plant of the Week: Citrus

Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit bring a touch of the Mediterranean to gardens in the UK. Once you have one, you tend to want lots as they’re bewitchingly beautiful with their green, glossy leaves, beautifully scented winter flowers and of course those glowing fruits.

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How to take care of your fruit trees and bushes

Fruit trees and bushes are big, generous plants that need plenty of goodness in the soil to produce their bumper crops each year. You can do your bit to boost nutrient levels by scattering slow-release fertiliser in spring.

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