Amateur Gardening

Nine jobs for the bank holiday

From laying paths and painting the shed to planting and trimming, there’s lots to do

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1

Shear back hardy geraniums to keep them in shape, and deadhead penstemons and other perennials and annuals to encourage further blooms. 2

Hang a ripening banana in the greenhouse to encourage tomatoes to ripen. Harvest ripened peas to store and save for next year’s sowing. 3

It’s been a busy summer, so chances are your shed could do with a tidy and a clean. Why not paint it a jaunty shade, which will also protect the wood? 4

Plant a pot with late summer/autumn colour: coleus, begonias, gaillardia, anything you can find, and keep feeding and watering existing pots and baskets. 5

The ground is firm now, but areas of heavy use can become boggy in winter. Protect them by laying an easy stepping stone path. 6

Continue to feed garden birds and wildlife and provide them both with fresh water for drinking and bathing, especially during prolonged dry spells. 7

Install a water butt before seasonal rains arrive. They save money, and harvested rain water is better than tap water for plants and filling up your ponds. 8

Keep hard surfaces clear of debris that can harbour pests and disease and look a mess. Clear your gutters so they run clear. 9

Add pollinator-friendly plants such as cerinthe, pulmonaria, globe thistle and sedum. Create a scruffy area where wildlife and invertebra­tes can shelter.

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