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Job of the week

Plant out lettuce

There's no secret to growing salad crops - just keep planting a little and often and you'll guarantee yourself continuous fresh leaves to add crunch and flavour to your meals. Homegrown salads are tastier, too, than anything you'll find in a supermarket bag, and when you grow organically, you have no worries about exactly what you and your family are eating. Best of all, it's quick and easy.

Takes just 20 minutes to plant


Step 2
  • Take cuttings from shrubs
  • Prune out plain green shoots from variegated trees and shrubs
  • Cut lavender for drying when in full flower

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Harvest onions sown last autumn for early crops
  • Water celery regularly in dry weather
  • Bury blackberry shoot tips and peg down for new plants


Step 4
  • Water tomatoes regularly
  • Feed tomato crops
  • Be on the lookout for aphids, vine weevils and other pests

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Set up an automatic watering system
  • Raise mower cutting height
  • Trim conifers and other garden hedges