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A tip to promote growth on your climbers

Things to do in the garden, in April

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for May this week. There’s quite a few to dos, like preparing tying in stems on climbers. Tying down the lead stem to promote more flowers lower down the plant, too … follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.

Tie and support climber stems now. If you want a trick to promote new growth lower down the plant, tie the top stems down. The cartoon shows two worms looking at a plant that has the stems tied in and the top stem tied down. One worm says to the other, “ Restricting the tip’s sap flow promotes growth lower down the stem.” The other worm says, “good tip”

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

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With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

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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