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What to do this week?

In The Flower Garden

 

  • Cut down pulmonarias to just above soil level after flowering to encourage new foliage
  • Clip box hedging and topiary to keep it neat
  • Regularly tie tall stems of delphiniums to supports to prevent them flopping over
  • Scatter granular fertiliser around the base of roses, shrubs, perennials and hedges, and water in thoroughly if rain does not fall over the next week Plant out dahlias into well-prepared soil that's been enriched with manure

Fruit and Vegetable

 

  • Sow seeds of dwarf beans in rows and climbing ones alongside canes
  • Plant out crops being raised in pots under glass, such as marrows, courgettes and tomatoes
  • Cover soft fruits with netting to prevent birds eating them
  • Sow a few seeds of salad leaves and stir-fry leaf crops every 2-3 weeks to ensure a regular supply
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside this week: beetroot, lettuce, watercress, rocket, radish, spring onions, coriander, parsley, chives, carrots, Swedes, turnip, leaf beet, spinach, cabbage, peas and mangetout, endive, marrows and courgettes, turnips and Witloof chicory
  • Plant out leeks into their final position once they are pencil thick

 

Greenhouse

 

  • Take cuttings from pelargoniums and fuchsias
  • Repot rooted cuttings into containers a size larger, to prevent them from becoming pot-bound
  • Check plants regularly for signs of pests
  • Pinch out the tips of rooted cuttings to encourage bushy plants

 

Around the Garden

 

  • Feed fast-growing plants with a diluted liquid or powdered fertiliser
  • Thin out congested pond plants
  • Hand weed flower beds to prevent weeds establishing and setting seed
  • Build simple log piles at the back of borders to provide shelter for frogs, toads, hedgehogs, beetles and other pest-eating wildlife
  • Watch out for red lily beetle on the tips and leaves of lilies. Squash any you find, or spray with a suitable pesticide

 

 

Andrew



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