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5 gardening jobs May 11-17

Chaenomeles Jet Trail
Chaenomeles Jet Trail contrasting with ornamental rhubarb
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Dahlias about to be hardened off

Toughen up tender plants

Harden off tender plants by leaving them outside for increasing periods of time, building up to overnight exposure for a fortnight, then plant in permanent places when the risk of frost has passed.

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Show daffodils

Divide daffodils

Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils after flowering. Deadhead tulips and daffodils. Apply a liquid fertiliser to bulbs after they have flowered, to encourage a good show next year. Allow foliage to die down naturally.

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Adult red lily beetle

Watch out for red lily beetle

Inspect lilies for red lily beetles – they’re extremely destructive and active now.

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Calendula Fiesta Gitana and Heuchera Plum Pudding

Stagger your thinnings of annuals

Thin out direct sowings of hardy annuals and vegetables, in two or three stages at fortnightly intervals.

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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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