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What an exciting time when seeds are ready for sprouting and new green plants prove that Spring, at last, is not far away. A visit to your local garden centre will lift your spirits, despite the cold weather. There you can expect to see a colourful display of ready-germinated seedlings such as petunia, busy lizzy, geranium and begonia. Buying seedlings at this stage saves a lot of heartache to those people who can’t easily find the right sort of conditions for seed germination and takes away the

What an exciting time when seeds are ready for sprouting and new green plants prove that Spring, at last, is not far away. A visit to your local garden centre will lift your spirits, despite the cold weather. There you can expect to see a colourful display of ready-germinated seedlings such as petunia, busy lizzy, geranium and begonia. Buying seedlings at this stage saves a lot of heartache to those people who can't easily find the right sort of conditions for seed germination and takes away the risk of complete failure for novice gardeners.

You will find plenty of different varieties of flowering bedding in February, just because they take several months to grow from the seedling stage to flowering. Pots will contain between 12 and 50 seedlings, depending on variety while trays of individual plug plants are sold in trays of 12 or 16 seedlings. Transplant or ‘prick out' your seedlings as soon as possible and protect them from cold weather at all times.

The individual plantlets grown in small cells of material are really easy for any gardener to handle and look after. These ‘plug' plants need to be transplanted into trays of potting compost immediately after purchase and then kept on a warm windowsill to grow into strong plants.

To give the seedlings the best start in life choose the best compost that is available. Millions of patio potterers know that Miracle-Gro composts promise outstanding results and this year the new packs of Miracle-Gro All Purpose Growing Compost promise to grow plant twice as big! That's because this potting compost contains 40 per cent more nutrients than ordinary multi-purpose composts and contains enough Miracle-Gro Plant Food to feed your seedlings for up to three months.

Use low cost seed trays: ideally ones which are divided into ‘cells', so each plug or seedling can be grown separately and roots do not intertwine. Fill the container with compost and press down gently to make a smooth surface. Push out the plugs from below using a pencil. Make the required number of holes depending on the number of plugs you have to plant. Hold each plant by its leaves and position in a hole firming the compost around it. Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain. Keep the plants in a cool, light position on a windowsill away from frosts. Turn the trays around two or three times a week to stop the plants from growing lopsided.

As the plants grow they may need more room to spread out. Move into individual pots of fresh Levington Container & Hanging Basket Compost or Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Compost.

Out in the garden you should have a great display of snowdrops. The flowers may be tiny, but they are well worth the space. After a few years they will have multiplied to form a dense clump that pushes itself to the surface. When they have finished flowering but still ‘in the green' they need dividing so that each bulb has a chance to develop into flowering size. Once the flowers have faded, dig up the clump and replant each bulb 8 cm (3in) apart. They move far better when they are in leaf so don't leave it too long.

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