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Job of the week

Pinch out fuchsias

Ensure bushy growth and masses of flower, by pinching out the tips of fuchsia regularly. This encourages side shoots and strengthens the growth to support the weight of summer flowers. Pinch out three or four times from spring to early summer for best results.
Takes just 5 minutes per plant

Flowers

Step 2
  • Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven
  • Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips
  • Sow hardy annual flowers directly into beds

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Sow sweetcorn in deep modular seed trays
  • Feed fruit trees and bushes
  • Plant out onion sets grown in pots under glass

Greenhouse

Step 4
  • Buy plug plants and young bedding plants
  • Thin out heavy fruit sets on peaches and nectarines
  • Sow annual climbers

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Remove winter grime from patios with a pressure washer
  • Sow new lawns
  • Snip plain green shoots off variegated shrubs