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Job of the week

Plant lily bulbs in a pot

If your garden suffers from gaps during the summer, why not use lilies to add a temporary, but timely, burst of colour? Plant bulbs into pots in spring and you can simply drop them - pot and all - into displays on the patio, or even into the border.

Takes just 20 minutes

Flowers

Step 2
  • Sow sunflowers outside
  • Trim winter-flowering heathers
  • Pick off faded flower heads from hyacinths

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Place card collars around the stems of brassicas
  • Sow pots of herbs such as parsley, coriander and basil
  • Plant out early potatoes, onion sets and shallots

Greenhouse

Step 4
  • Pot up rooted cuttings and young plants
  • Sow seeds of marrows, courgettes, squashes, cucumbers and melons
  • Water pots and trays of seedlings

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Treat timber fences, trellis and posts with preservative
  • Install water butts to all downpipes on your house
  • Apply moss killer to lawns