GARDENING: 12 jobs you could tackle this weekend

Plant out violas and pansies now.

Plant out violas and pansies now.

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With the summer apparently over, there are plenty of jobs you could do in the garden this weekend - weather permitting.

• Vegetables to sow now include spring cabbages, Japanese onions, turnips for green tops, winter lettuces, spinach, endive, corn salad, land cress and baby salad leaves.

• If you sowed any spring-flowering biennials such as Viola, Digitalis (foxglove) or Erysimum (wallflowers), earlier in the summer, they will now need planting out – nip out the tips to encourage bushy plants.

• Deadhead annuals to keep them going until mid-autumn.

• Buy spring-flowering bedding plants and buy or order spring-flowering bulbs.

• Inspect chrysanthemums for signs of white rust.

• Order mature or large plants now for planting next month or once the rains have moistened the soil.

• Plant up containers with Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs and prepared hyacinths for a Christmas display.

• Now is an ideal time to apply biological controls for use on vine weevil grubs. Target fuchsias, succulents and containerised plants.

• Finish summer pruning trained forms of apple and pear trees. Harvest apples, pears, plums and gages.

• Pot up herbs, such as tarragon, to use in winter.

• Prune out fruited blackberry/tayberry/loganberry stems and tie in new shoots to supports.

• Plant out garlic, or start cloves in pots to transplant later.

• For more gardening tips and advice, visit Mandy’s website, www.mandycanudigit.co.uk.