Gardening Jobs for the Week

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 takes place from May 21-25, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. PA Photo/RHS/Andy Paradis.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 takes place from May 21-25, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. PA Photo/RHS/Andy Paradis.

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Take cuttings

Take basal cuttings of border plants such as lupins and delphiniums before they develop hollow stems, at which point it’s too late for successful cuttings.

Get sewing

Sow fast-maturing and late-flowering annuals, herbs and vegetables including parsnips, early carrots and runner beans.

It’s good to be thin

Thin out hardy annual, vegetable and other seedlings sown outdoors.

Check fuchsias

Pinch out the growing tips of bush fuchsias while the plants are still small and check all types of tender fuchsias for pests.

Greenhouse maintenance

Make sure the greenhouse has adequate shading and ventilation to prevent overheating.

Get in training

Train greenhouse cucumbers and tomatoes, removing male flowers from cucumbers.

Protect foliage

Earth up early and maincrop potatoes, protecting foliage if frost is forecast.

Keep blades high

Cut lawns with naturalised bulbs growing in them, keeping the mower blades high.

Mulch to do

If you haven’t yet done so, mulch borders with organic matter.