l Sow annuals such as lobelia and snapdragon. Use a pot for this initial sowing, rather than a seed tray. Gently firm down the compost in the pot and scatter the seed as thinly and evenly as you can over the surface. Water it in using a fine rose on the watering-can. Both lobelia and snapdragon need light to germinate, so cover the seed thinly after sowing. I use vermiculite rather than compost, as there is is less danger of the seeds being smothered. Both these flowers take two or three weeks to germinate.
l Continue to clean through flower beds during spring. The relatively mild, wet winter in much of the country has favoured bully boys such as creeping buttercup - which is not a weed that you can shift with a casual tweak while you are on your way to do something else. It needs a fork under it. Its roots make formidable anchors.
l When you have weeded, mulch with compost, leaf mould, mushroom compost. or well rotted manure.Reuse content