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Shocking plant news!

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

Acclimatising plants to the great outdoors is made easier with a cold frame. It might come as a shock to you and your plants, but, poorly acclimatised plants don’t grow as well as their contemporaries who have been hardened-off.

Cartoon about planting seedlings outside, especially if grown indoors. In the top left hand corner of the cartoon it reads: ITypically hardening off takes two to three weeks. Two worms are outside in the soil, one worm is small, the otehr large. The small worm says: if suddenly placed outside, shock can prevent growth". The big worm has a thought bubble, it reads,"That explains a lot."

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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Here’s our guide to building a cold fame

Make your own cold frame – we did. If it helps, here’s 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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