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Another rarely mentioned tool is a besom. Traditionally used for removing worm casts from manicured lawns, it’s hard to beat when it comes to general sweeping. Make it yourself if you have access to a bundle of birch twigs and a hazel rod for the handle. A good pair of secateurs is vital. Buy the best, look after them and you’ll be well rewarded. But only use them for the job for which they were intended – which is cutting stems no more that 1cm thick. Anything bigger, and you’ll just blunt them.
Always add grit or sharp sand to the compost to ensure it drains well. more vigorous outer growth that will yield new plants. Make sure you plant them straight away. Clumps of hostas, more than a few years old, can be sliced through with a sharp spade. CUTTINGS Having conquered division we’re onto multiplication. Cuttings can be taken from soft, semi-ripe or hard wood, as well as from the roots and leaves, all at different times of the year. Different plants respond to different methods so a bit of reading up is required but here are some general rules: ■ Soft wood cuttings (taken from the top of the stem) work for perennials and most shrubs, and should be taken in spring.
Hard wood (strong, hard stems from the current year’s growth, with soft top removed) for shrubs and some fruits, taken between mid-autumn and early winter. Take pencil-thick cuttings, trim to 20cm long, making a straight cut at the bottom, just below a leaf node, and a slanted cut at the top, above a leaf node. Place cuttings in an outside trench or potted in a cold frame and leave for up to a year. Root cuttings, taken from the roots of trees shrubs or herbaceous plants, should be taken when the plant is dormant in the ‘If you take cuttings of autumn.