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What to Do This Week in the Garden

Flower Garden

  • Sow sunflowers outside, directly where you want them to bloom
  • Trim winter-flowering heathers, removing faded flowers and tidying up their shape
  • Pick off faded flower heads from hyacinths, to prevent them wasting energy setting seed
  • Plant groups of gladioli corms in borders
  • Give azaleas and acid-loving shrubs a generous feed with acidic (ericaceous) fertiliser
  • Plant out sweet pea seedlings sown last autumn
  • Support oriental poppies with canes to prevent them flopping

 

Vegetable Garden

  • Place card collars around the stems of brassicas to prevent an attack of cabbage root fly
  • Sow pots of herbs such as parsley, coriander and basil
  • Plant out early potatoes, onion sets and shallots
  • Throw sheets of fleece over fruit trees on frosty nights to protect blossom
  • Sow this week if conditions are fine: beetroot, parsnips, turnips, onions, peas and mangetout, broad beans, lettuce and salad leaves, spinach, radish, rocket, mizuna, pak choi, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts

Greenhouse

  • Pot up rooted cuttings and young plants that have outgrown their pots
  • Sow marrows, courgettes, squashes, cucumbers and melons in a heated propagator
  • Water pots and trays of seedlings with a solution of copper fungicide to prevent damping-off disease
  • Sow summer bedding, such as tagetes and dahlias
  • Move young plants into cold frames to acclimatise them to cooler conditions

Generaly Around The Garden

  • Treat timber fences, trellis and posts with preservative
  • Install water butts to all downpipes on your house, shed or greenhouse, to collect rainwater
  • Apply moss killer to lawns
  • Fork compost into any unused border area, ready for summer bedding
  • Cut away unwanted suckers growing around the base of trees and shrubs
  • Lift large waterlilies from ponds, divide and replant them
  • Clean pond pumps and filters, and make sure they are working properly
  • Hand weed alpine and rock gardens

 

 



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