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Acclimatising in the not-so-great-outdoors

You can use a cold frame all year round. Right now it’s good for acclimatising your seedlings and protecting succulents

For plants that will blow you away in the summer months, and not be blown away in the spring weather, hardening off your plants in a cold frame, mini-greenhouse or green house (if you have the space) is the way forward.

The cartoon starts with a fact in the top left corner, it reads, "Hardening off plants in a coldframe helps them acclimatise to outdoor conditions, Gust of wind for example".  Cartoon showing Two worms outside in the soil, it is windy and a small seedling planted out is getting destroyed by the wind. One worm says to the other, windy today isn't it? " The other worm replies, "no, Tuesday."

A coldframes is a friend. You can use it throughout the year. In spring and early summer, to harden off young plants; in winter to protect your alpines. Unlike a glasshouse, these frames can be moved to where they are needed …

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BUILD YOUR OWN COLD FRAME

Here’s our guide to building a cold fame, there are pictures, tips and a pdf to download and use – click this link to open a new page

Put Pollinators First

If you haven’t already, take a look at our Put Pollinators First page, supporting the BBC Gardener’s World campaign to reduce the decline of insects and bees in our gardens. Join the campaign and plant some wild flowers in your garden, as well as deadheading your daffs.

That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

Including protecting your plants from slugs advice.

Gardener’s World talk about feeding your soil

RHS talk about what to do this month – spring is in sight …

Garden Organic talk about what to plant this month

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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