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5 gardening jobs May 26-June 1

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Trim back Clematis montana if it needs it after flowering

Tame unruly Clematis montana

Prune overcrowded, dead or diseased stems of Clematis montana once it has finished flowering. Untangling the stems can be fiddly, but it will take cutting back hard.

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Filling an ugly gap with Godetia Lady in Blue

Fill gaps in borders

Gaps in herbaceous borders are best filled with hardy annual bedding, such as Calendula, Godetia, and Clarkia. Thin out earlier direct sowings in two or three stages at fortnightly intervals. Final spacing should be between 10-20cm (4-8in).

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Sweet pea Night Sky

Train sweet peas

Sweet peas need training and tying into their supports to encourage them to climb and make a good display.

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Red lettuce looking good enough to eat, Pike Place Market Urban Garden, Seattle

Succession sowing of veg

Sow salad crops, such as beetroot, Chinese cabbage, pak choi and radish. Leafy salads do better when sown in light shade, as hot, dry weather leads to bitter leaves.

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Me and my runner bean poles, made from Phormium flower stems

Sow tender veg

Sow sweetcorn, outdoor cucumbers, runner, French and broad beans, peas and squash, directly into prepared beds. French beans are best sown in traditional rows, 45cm (18in) apart, at 15-22cm (6-9in) spacing.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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