Gardening - Jobs for the week

An ornamental garden featuring topiary. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.
An ornamental garden featuring topiary. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Spike lawns with a fork to alleviate drainage problems and fill in holes with sharp sand.

Sow spinach while the soil is workable.

If further snow persists, continue to brush snow off branches to stop them buckling under the weight.

Lift, divide and replant clumps of rhubarb which need rejuvenating.

Prune winter jasmine as the flowers fade.

Add a top dressing of gravel or chippings to the rock garden to help drainage around plants.

Prick out and pot on sweet pea seedlings sown last month.

Continue to harvest winter veg such as Brussels sprouts, kale and spinach.

Sow early peas in a length of plastic guttering filled with compost and keep in a cold frame or greenhouse to germinate.

Apply a dose of rose fertiliser to create a greater resistance to disease and encourage healthier plants.

Transfer fuchsia cuttings taken in the autumn into 5cm (2in) pots, but avoid heavy watering until the root systems are fully established.

Continue to plant fruit trees and bushes if soil conditions are suitable. Otherwise heel the plants in or put them, still wrapped, into a frost-free shed until the soil conditions improve.