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Job of the week

Sow quick salads in guttering

Keep a regular supply of salad leaves by sowing seeds in lengths of plastic guttering, cut to the length of your veg beds, and filled with good compost. When the seeds germinate, you can grow them on for 2-4 weeks and then simply slide the plants into their growing positions as soon as space becomes available.

Takes just 20 minutes


Step 2
  • Tie shoots of honeysuckle and climbing roses to supports
  • Pinch out the shoot tips of dahlias
  • Deadhead lupins

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Hang old CDs among crops and from fruit trees
  • Water beans and sweet peas
  • Give extra water to ripening soft fruits


Step 4
  • Damp down the floor every morning and open vents
  • Water tomatoes regularly to prevent fruits splitting
  • Sow Primula malacoides and P. obconica

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Pick dead flower-heads off rhododendrons and azaleas
  • Feed lawns with a liquid or granular lawn fertiliser
  • Scoop floating weed out of garden ponds with a net