Roses should be regularly deadheaded to encourage new flowers. Rambling Roses can have some of the old wood removed after flowering and the young, vigorous shoots tied in. Feed after flowering with a suitable fertilizer, such as Top Rose and keep them mulched with rotted garden compost. Other climbers, such as early Clematis and early Honeysuckles can be pruned now to remove some of the old wood and encourage new shoots for next year’s flowers.

Make sure that spring plantings of bare root trees and shrubs are kept well watered. Push a piece of hollow pipe into the ground to the roots and fill with water two or three times a week in dry weather.

Don’t forget to make follow on sowings of salad leaves, soft herbs and other short term crops. Winter brassicas can be planted in their final positions and leeks can be transplanted by ‘dibbing’ into holes and watered. The soil will gradually fill in, blanching the plants, creating tender white stems. Tomatoes should be liquid fed once a week and the tops of the plants pinched out once four or five trusses of fruit have set. Remove the lower leaves to let light in to ripen fruits.

GARDEN CENTREEven a few stems of Sweet Peas in the house will scent a room. Make sure that plants do not go short of water and pick the blooms each day to stop them going to seed. Feed once a week with a suitable liquid fertilizer if you are growing on a patio in a container. It is still not too late to plant containers with summer bedding plants such as the beautiful half hardy Diascias and Verbenas, which will flower for months until the frosts and even survive through the winter in sheltered spots.