Weekend work: Time to split autumn perennials
What to do
New growth is well advanced on autumn perennials such as Michaelmas daisy and rudbeckia. Splitting and resetting congested clumps increases their flower power. Do it now. Lift the whole clump, split off the most vigorous growth and replant in soil that's been refreshed with compost, bonemeal or seaweed fertiliser. Water well.
While spring bulbs are stars of the garden, summer-flowering bulbs are starring in garden centres. Look out for Galtonia candicans, a stiff-stemmed plant with flowers like an enormous white hyacinth. Bulbs should be planted at least 15cm deep and the same distance apart.
Mark barren daffodil clumps with a cane to remind you to lift, separate and replant the congested bulbs sometime between July and September. A handful of bonemeal or some proprietary bulb booster added now will encourage them to perform well next season.
What to buy
Delflands Nurseries produce a wide variety of vegetable plants, grown organically in Cambridgeshire. Their greenhouse collection (£13), for delivery in May, includes the aubergine 'Black Pearl', cucumber 'Passandra', sweet pepper 'Bell Boy' and tomatoes 'Shirley' and 'Sweet Million'; the basil collection (£8) includes three plants of five different varieties. Visit organicplants.co.uk
Life & Style blogs
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
- 1 Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
- 3 Toby Sheldon: Justin Bieber lookalike found dead in motel room
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
£19000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT and Telecoms company ar...
£23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Visitor Fundraising Team is responsi...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing, ambitious, en...