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Job of the week

Build a raised bed

Help banish backache with this stylish raised bed, which not only looks great but also makes planting and weeding easy and painless. Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions and you'll be admiring your handywork in no time at all. Autumn and spring are great times to make this project so you're planting it up at the best times of the year.

Takes just 2 weekends


Step 2
  • Lift dahlia tubers or protect those left in the ground
  • Sow sweet peas now
  • Collect seeds and berries from shrubs and flowering plants

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Lift and store carrots
  • Pot up herbs to bring under cover for winter use
  • Sow green manure crops over bare areas of soil


Step 4
  • Clear fallen leaves from greenhouse gutters
  • Bring tender plants under cover before frosts strike
  • Wash off any remaining summer shading paint

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Treat field horsetail with a systemic herbicide
  • Install water butts to collect rainwater over winter
  • Scarify, aerate and feed your lawn