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Job of the week

Raise crops in a grow bag

Anyone can grow tomatoes, even if you only have a balcony! All you need is space for a bag of compost, plus a few tomato seedlings, and the promised harvest is a matter of weeks away. There's a huge range of young tomato plants for sale at garden centres or by mail order, offering everything from delicious cherry types to beefy cooking toms - the choice is yours.

Takes just 30 minutes


Step 2
  • Tie in shoots of clematis and climbers to supports
  • Plant out chrysanthemums for autumn flowers
  • Prune overgrown Clematis montana after flowering

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Hang pheromone traps in fruit trees to control pests
  • Thin out congested fruit crops
  • Watch out for signs of powdery mildew or disease on fruit trees


Step 4
  • Regularly water crops in pots and growing bags
  • Plant trailing bush tomatoes, such as 'Tumbler'
  • Feed young plants weekly with a liquid fertiliser

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Plant tagetes with your tomatoes
  • Scoop out floating pond weed and algae from pools
  • Hoe bare soil and hand weed beds weekly