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Job of the week

Layer a rhododendron

Rhododendrons are beautiful shrubs but they come with a less than attractive price tag. A simple propagating technique called layering is a great way to get more plants without breaking the bank.

Takes just 30 minutes

Flowers

Step 2
  • Deadhead flowers of lady's mantle
  • Water camellias
  • Buy bulbs for autumn planting

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Pick plums as they ripen
  • Ease onions from the soil with a fork
  • Finish pruning trained forms of apple trees

Greenhouse

Step 4
  • Plant prepared hyacinth bulbs in special hyacinth vases
  • Sow parsley in modular trays
  • Water crops in growing bags and pots

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Pick off rose leaves infected by blackspot or rust
  • Set up automatic watering systems for potted plants when going on holiday
  • Top up water levels in ponds and aquatic features