What to do in the garden this week
Cover gooseberries, currants, strawberries and soft fruits with netting to keep the birds away.
Thin out plums to leave them spaced around 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart.
Prune late spring and early summering flowering shrubs like philadelphus, weigela, ceanothus and escallonia, immediately after flowering.
Sprinkle general fertiliser granules around flowering plants and shrubs and hoe them into the soil surface, watering in if the weather is dry.
Raise new plants of cytisus, deciduous azaleas and magnolias, by layering low growing shoots of young growth to soil level.
Plant marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squashes outside now.
Top up pond water levels as they fall in hot weather.
Cut your lawn at least once a week and twice for a better finish on fine lawns.
Check for aphids. Heavy infestation may need treating with a soap-based spray if you can’t pick them off.
Tie in the shoots of fantrained figs growing against warm walls. Pinch out the tips of sideshoots when they have produced five leaves.