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5 gardening jobs July 21-27

Cosmos from old packets of seed
Cosmos from old packets of seed
Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Garnet

Pep up your alpines

Plants with a carpet-like growth habit, e.g. some alpines, can become patchy, with central areas dying off. These patches can be in-filled with gritty compost, to encourage re-growth.

Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Feed late-flowering perennials

Some late-flowering border perennials may benefit from a quick-acting feed before they come into bloom, especially if the soil is not very fertile.

Poppy Black Beauty

Save seeds for next year

Start collecting seed from plants you want to grow next year, especially hardy annuals such as Calendula, poppy, and love-in-a-mist.

New hydrangea Zorro

Take semi-ripe cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings of shrubs such as Choisya, Hydrangea, and Philadelphus. Root them in pots of gritty compost in a cold frame or even with a plastic bag tied over them.

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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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