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What to Do in the Garden This Week?

The Flower Garden

 

  • Plant out container-grown roses and shrubs
  • Fork compost into flower beds to prepare soil for summer bedding
  • Tie in new growth on climbing plants, such as clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, to supports
  • Pick off faded flowers from camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, taking care not to damage developing new leaves
  • Sow seeds of fast-growing hardy annuals, such as escholzia or poached-egg plant, to fill gaps

 

The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

 

 

  • Sow seeds of beans, marrows courgettes and squashes, two per pot, and thin out the weakest seedling to leave the strongest plant
  • Spray peaches and nectarines with fungicide to prevent an attack of peach leaf curl
  • Pick rhubarb stems as they develop, and water clumps with a generous helping of liquid feed
  • Prepare to cover fruit tree blossom with horticultural fleece to protect flowers if frost is forecast
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside this week: beetroot, lettuce, salad leaves, watercress and rocket

 

In The Greenhouse

 

  • Fit automatic openers to greenhouse vents to encourage good air circulation
  • Plant tomatoes in growing bags or large pots, training them on to canes or wires for support
  • Bring pots of strawberries into the greenhouse to produce early flowers and fruit
  • Sow cyclamen and schizanthus for indoor flowers
  • Buy scented-leaf pelargoniums, such as 'Chocolate Peppermint' and 'Lady Plymouth'
  • Plant pots with heat-treated freesia corms to produce fragrant flowers this summer
  • Watch out for pests, checking under leaves and on shoot tips for signs of whitefly or red spider mite. Treat immediately, or introduce biological pest controls

 

Around and About the Garden

 

  • Dig out lawn weeds, such as daisies and dandelions
  • Watch out for greenfly and blackfly developing on shrubs, perennials and roses, and spray with a soft soap solution if infestations are bad
  • Collect hellebore seeds from ripe pods, and store in an envelope in the shed or sprinkle over prepared soil
  • Invest in an extra compost bin, so that as much green waste from your kitchen and garden can be recycled
  • Check your RCD works for all outdoor power tools such as mowers and hedge cutters

 Have a great gardening week                                     Andrew



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