Flash bulbs Grow your own garlic this year — plant it with elephant garlic and shallot bulbs in well-draining soil with some compost. Dig this As long as your soil isn’t too wet, prepare it for spring vegetable planting. Dig in any green crops now, and add compost and lime to the soil. Get the pip It’s time to plant new season’s fruit trees like apples, pears, plums, apricots and peaches, plus your choice of citrus. Use a long term fertiliser when planting. Sharpen up Give those cutting tools a clean and sharpen, and prune your deciduous fruit trees now. Ensure your cutting tools are sharp and clean, and protect cuts with a pruning paste.