Feed permanent container plants with pelleted chicken manure, Vitax or another suitable fertilizer to replace nutrients lost through winter rain.
Re-pot any plants that are outgrowing their containers into larger ones or divide clumps of perennials if they have outgrown their pots. Always use fresh compost and add a long term, slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote to help with feeding.
Reclaim any pots no longer in use from last year. Give them a good wash around and set them to dry, ready for replanting your Spring displays. Save any broken pots - these are perfect for creating good drainage at the bottom of usable containers.
Continue to remove the dead heads from Daffodils and early Tulips. Plant out any grown in pots as they finish flowering or dry them off as they die back and store for use next year.
Plant summer flowering bulbs, tubers and corms such as Lilies, Dahlias and Gladiolus in the ground or containers from the end of the month onwards. Why not grow some Gladioli for use as a cut flower later in the summer?
Push plant supports into the ground around tall growing perennials so that the plants grow through and hide them.
Plant onion sets early this month on a firm bed of soil. Revisit the rows in a couple of days to replace any bulbs pulled out by birds.
Plant early potatoes in trenches with well rotted manure or garden compost.
Sow salad crops, including leaves, herbs, lettuce and spring onions as well as peas, beetroot and carrots in rows in the open.
Make successional sowings of Peas, Mange Tout and Broad Beans. Sow leeks in a nursery bed (short row). They will be transplanted later this summer.
Pick sprouting Broccoli regularly to encourage more tasty side shoots.
Make sure that you leave a patch of stinging nettles in a corner of your garden as many butterflies including Peacocks, Tortoiseshell and Red Admirals lay their eggs on these.
Sow seeds of Honesty, an important nectar plant for many early insects. Seed sown now will flower next spring. Californian Poppies sown now will attract Hoverflies when they flower this summer and Candytuft is a favourite nectar plant for many butterflies.
Hedgehogs will be coming out of hibernation now, so look out for signs of them around the garden. Amongst other things, they eat large amounts of slugs and are worth encouraging!