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Container-grown plants can be planted at any time of the year, but they settle in more quickly if planted in the autumn or spring.

Autumn is the ideal time really, because the soil is moist, but not so wet that it sticks to your tools and boots. Also the ground is still warm enough to encourage new root growth which helps the plants establish quickly. The exceptions to this rule are evergreens (including conifers) which should be planted in April.

Plants can be fussy little things and some of the more delicate types have a tendency to sulk or even give up altogether if they are not treated with respect. So you need to make sure that the plants you want in your garden are suitable for the soil you have.

For example: If the soil is alkaline, acid-loving plants like Rhododendrons and Azaleas won’t grow well and will eventually die – despite you best efforts. Similarly, many plants are sun lovers and don't perform well if left sitting in shade for much of the day.

So before you plant check the label to see what conditions the plant likes. Then planting them is a doddle!

Give them the perfect start

The last thing a new plant needs is to have to compete for moisture, nutrients and growing space with surrounding plants and weeds. So before planting make sure you dig over the area for planting. This means you can get rid of any debris (like stones) and also improve the soils quality by adding lashings of organic matter such as manure or garden compost.

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It’s time to get the following vegetable crops planted outside: lettuce and salad leaves, radishes, kohl rabi, spring cabbage and endive, plus dwarf French beans (for a late crop). Winter spinach can also be planted from now through to September.