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WEEK 5. FROM BOX TO SOIL: HOW TO PLANT

It's always really exciting when your plants arrive and you can start planting them out, but if you take a little time to make sure that they are given the best possible start, it will really pay off in the long term. This week we'll look at how professional gardeners do their planting. We'll share top tips on how to prepare the soil before you plant, how to set out your plants to create fantastic displays, and how to look after them once they're in.

If you make sure that your plants are given the best possible start, it will result in stronger, healthier and more robust plants that will settle in quickly, be less likely to suffer from pests and diseases, and will go on to produce more fruit, flowers or foliage. While planting out may be a simple concept, there are a few basic guidelines that every gardener benefits from knowing - and if they're followed, their new plants will do brilliantly in their new home.

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