Jobs for the Week

A bee on a flower.  PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.
A bee on a flower. PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

Tackle the pond

Put new aquatic plants in the pond, either in the soil at the bottom or using special aquatic baskets.

See to the vegetables

Earth up early potatoes.

Keep planting vegetables into the ground and under glass for a succession of crops.

Harden off aubergines which have been raised under glass, planting out under cloches and working a little general fertiliser into the bed beforehand.

Focus on flowers

Pinch out badly placed shoots on pruned rose bushes.

Plant crocosmia, galtonia, gladioli and nerine.

Let’s get fruity

Net blackcurrants against birds.

Start pruning trained fruit tree forms, such as espaliers, fans and cordons, to encourage fruit bud formation.

Get moving around the garden

Plant evergreens and shift large specimens if necessary.

Remove cloches from strawberries during the day to allow access by pollinating insects.

Thinking ahead

Protect crops from carrot fly.

Prune Clematis montana after flowering.

Sow fast-maturing and late-flowering annuals directly into their flowering positions.