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Job of the week

Raise new mint plants

If you're already dreaming about sipping a cool mint julep in your summer garden, now's the time to get your mint plants ready for the job. Take cuttings from established mint plants to keep the drinks tray supplied all summer.

Takes just 30 minutes

Flowers

Step 2
  • Plant lilies in large patio pots for summer displays
  • Prune shrub roses to low new shoots
  • Cut overgrown honeysuckle stems close to their base

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Grow early-maturing potatoes in a bag of compost
  • Fork compost into beds to prepare soil for planting
  • Chit potatoes

Greenhouse

Step 4
  • Sow cucumbers, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers
  • Water compost with a suitable pesticide
  • Sow summer bedding plants

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Plan your seed-sowing year
  • Trim lawn edges to keep the area neat and tidy
  • Apply residual path weedkillers