Mr Stanford likes to give tips because he's 'spent more years than I care to count' growing vegetables and fruit. Duffus and I think his tips are good but the Director often ignores them.

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Clean your pots and seed trays - it may be boring but pests and diseases may have nestled in. Make sure your tools are clean and ready for spring. Get your growing plan written up in your Gardener's diary and visit your plot - record how it is looking, maybe the weather and don't forget if your scarecrow might need a new position and new view.
Plan to grow something new this year.


When it warms up a bit, plant your early seed potatoes. In warm areas, sow beetroot in the ground and rocket into pots. Brussels sprouts can also go in now and board beans under a cloche. Bees like chives so plant some chive plants, or sow some seed in April


Nurture a strawberry bed. If creating one, it needs to be dug deeply, well drained and well manured. For exisiting strawberry beds, place clean straw around and between the plants to provide mulch and conserve soil moisture - essential for strawberries.