Jobs for the week

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A Generic Photo of onions being planted in rows. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column.

:: Divide overcrowded crocus and replant.

:: Dress figs under glass with bonemeal and a mulch of compost over the root run.

:: Sow a row of spinach beet for a summer crop. This cut-and-come-again crop should be ready by July.

:: Sow tender bedding plants in a heated propagator or in trays on a warm windowsill.

:: Mulch beds and borders while the soil is moist to reduce the need for watering and to keep down weeds.

:: Prune roses, removing decaying, old and spindly wood.

:: Plant summer-flowering bulbs, but check on the packet as some may need to be started off indoors.

:: Protect lush new growth with slug pellets or barriers such as copper tape around containers.

:: Cut back stems of dogwood and willow to within 5cm of the old wood, to boost their strength for next year.

:: Feed shallow-rooted small or trained trees, cane or bush fruits, using a general fertiliser.

:: Plant sweet peas outdoors which were sown indoors last month.

:: Dig up hellebore seedling and pot them up to grow on.

:: Take cuttings of cottage favourites lupins and delphiniums.

:: Carefully lift nets placed over ponds to catch autumn leaves and tip debris on to the compost heap.

:: Protect the blossom of peach, nectarine or fruiting cherry trees with fleece. Take the fleece off on non-frosty days to allow insects to pollinate.

:: Mend all fence posts, trellis and other plant supports before vigorous growth kicks in and covers the damaged areas.