1 IF YOU are sowing vegetable seeds in pots or trays make sure you temper the potting compost by bringing the bag indoors for a few days before you use it.
For early potatoes, why not plant one or two chitted potatoes in a good-sized container and grow them in a conservatory or glasshouse for new potatoes in May.
Look out for a well-balanced general fertiliser for your vegetable and fruit gardens to help replace essential nutrients – Fish, Blood and Bone meal is a good organic alternative to Growmore if that is how you choose to grow your crops.
2 Prune back canes of autumn fruiting cultivars of raspberries now to about 15cm (6ins).
You can leave one or two canes if you wish and they will fruit in early summer. For some early strawberries, why not erect a low polythene or fleece covered cloche over one or two plants now and have strawberries in May instead of June.