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Job of the week

Plant a summer hanging basket

Follow our simple recipe and step-by-step advice to create this beautiful summer hanging basket. The risk of frost is behind us, so you can plant it up right now and put it straight outside. Don't worry if you can't get the exact plants we show here, as there'll be plenty of similar things at your local nursery or garden centre. If you get cracking now you'll have a stunning display in just a few weeks.

Takes just 30 minutes


Step 2
  • Remove suckers the stems of standard roses
  • Tie tall border plants like delphiniums to their supports
  • Finish planting out dahlias, cannas and summer bedding

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Finish planting out veg crops
  • Sow summer salads in guttering to grow quick crops
  • Use netting to protect developing and ripening fruits from birds


Step 4
  • Increase shading if inside temperatures are getting hot
  • Take cuttings from houseplants
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor every morning

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Gradually lower the cutting height of your mower
  • Spray roses showing signs of diseases
  • Apply a combined weed, feed and mosskiller to your lawn