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sturdy wooden stakesSledgehammerBow sawStrong wireall year round1 dayClear the area where you're going to put the compost bin and, if necessary, level the ground using a spade or a rake.Take a pallet and stand it on its long edge to form the back edge
Watering canMay-September20 minutes to prepare the feedHarvest comfrey leaves from the base of established plants. The hairy leaves can irritate the skin, so wear gloves if necessary.Remove flowers and tough stems, then chop up the leaves and pack them tightly
and shrubs. If you're new to gardening, limit yourself to growing one or two types of annuals. Sow about 20 seeds to see how you get on. You can always sow more a week or two later.SeedsSeed compost Seed trays or potsPlant labelsPencil or waterproof pen
The warmth of spring and summer allows you to sow vegetable seeds outdoors in the soil. Here they'll quickly germinate to produce crops to enjoy this season. Try easy-to-grow salads such as radish, spring onion and salad bowl lettuce. You can also use this technique to grow flowe...
hedge thoroughly before trimming it to ensure there are no birds nesting within. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.Conifer hedgeElectric or petrol
to your hand to building a raised bed or a wooden planter?Barbecue grill setBricks, brick setts, sand, cementSpirit level, shovel, trowelPaving slabLength of hosepipespring - summer1 daysummerLay out the first level of bricks for the barbecue using
Storage containerall year round10 minutes every dayFind a sunny corner of your garden, on soil, where you can site either a plastic compost bin or build a compost bin using wooden pallets or similar. Setting your bin up on soil will allow worms and other micro
Learn environmentally friendly methods for controlling aphids, and other garden pests with Monty's guide to organic insecticides and how they work. Monty also talks you through how to make your own, organic pesticide.summerAdvice on aphids and other garden pestsAphidsMealybugsWhi...
Watch Monty's video guide to planting a kiwi plant, ideal for fast-growing extensive coverage of a tree or arbour, and follow his practical tips on positioning for best effect.summerAdvice on growing fruitGrowing citrus plantsTraining a nectarine tree video projectGrowing a fig t...
Plum trees can be prone to silver leaf disease if pruned in winter, so cut them back in summer to encourage the development of bushy growth, which stops them becoming too large and unmanageable. Plum treeSecateurs June - July 20 minutesUse secateurs