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Job of the week

Take lavender cuttings

The wafting scent of lavender is a true fragrance of summer, but these plants can be sadly short-lived. So, to keep lavender lingering, why not raise new plants from cuttings? It's a simple technique that will provide you with more of your favourite plants for free.

Takes just 45 minutes

Flowers

Step 2
  • Keep baskets and patio pots watered
  • Spray roses to protect them from pests and diseases
  • Cut the foliage of daffodils and tulips down to the ground

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Plant out leeks and brassicas raised in a seed bed
  • Spread mulch around crops to conserve soil moisture
  • Net developing soft fruits to protect them from birds

Greenhouse

Step 4
  • Tie greenhouse tomatoes to their supports as they grow
  • Feed plants with fertiliser solution once a week
  • Apply shading paint or put up shade netting or blinds

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Add lawn cuttings to the compost heap
  • Mow and edge your lawn
  • Tie stems of tall perennials to supports