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Gardening Hints

May third week in your garden:

PROTECT TENDER PLANTS: Late-spring frosts can catch plants that have gone out too early, so keep an eye on the forecast and have horticultural fleece on standby. Frost can affect the same plants to varying extents, depending on local climate and position within the garden.

UNWRAP TEMPERATE AND SUBTROPICAL PLANTS: Subtropical plants that were wrapped for winter protection (October week 4) should be ready for uncovering.

Tender plants such as bananas and tree ferns will usually be ready for unwrapping in May, depending on local conditions. Once the new green leaves are beginning to emerge from the top, remove all the protection, to allow the fresh foliage to flourish.

If when you unwrap there are no emergent leaves, check the stem for firmness. If it is mushy, it has been affected by winter wet followed by frost. In this instance, cut the stem back to where it feels firm. New leaves will grow from this point...

Gardening Hints
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