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Project of the monthThis summer, it's important that your garden looks its best. Spruce up your outside space with one of these two inspiring ideas from B&Q.

Keeping on top of your gardening in June is vital and once you get the essentials out of the way you can really settle into some constructive gardening. Why not log onto B&Q's YouTube channel where you can see a 'How to' video, with Alan Titchmarsh showing you what to do in garden this summer

Alternatively pop into one of 15 B&Q You Can Do It centres to be taught the skills for just £10 from an expert.


Alan Get your garden ready for summer

If you are keen to grow your own veg this summer but didn't get round to planting from seed, B&Q sells a variety of seedling plants, from garden peas to broad beans – all perfect for planting in June.
Here're some tips from B&Q's celebrity ambassador Alan Titchmarsh on what you should be doing in your garden this June:

  • Dig up tulip and hyacinth bulbs when the foliage dies off, and store dry bulbs in a cool, dark shed ready to replant in autumn.
  • Deadhead plants after flowering
  • Plant out summer bedding plants, and lilies that were potted up earlier in the season.
  • Sow late summer, winter and early spring bedding plants in pots and trays under glass.
  • Sow lettuce, rocket, spring onion, radish, pak choi and Chinese cabbage, main crop Swedes, broccoli, sweetcorn, French and runner beans, courgettes, squashes and pumpkins.
  • Continue planting greenhouse-grown vegetables outside
  • Harvest lettuce, broccoli, rocket, radishes, spring onions, early potatoes, over-wintering onions and the last of the asparagus.
  • Harvest rhubarb and strawberries


Hanging basket

How to plant hanging baskets using blue, red and white flowers

Want to get your garden ready for the Jubilee celebrations with a colourful and patriotic red, white and blue hanging basket?

Follow these three simple steps to making the perfect hanging basket:

  1. Place the liner in the basket and half fill it with compost. Add moisture control gel and slow-release fertiliser to help keep plants moist and nourished throughout the season.
  2. For the sides of the basket, gently push the roots of trailing plants through the liner and firm them into the compost. Do this all the way round the outside of the basket and add a little more compost.
  3. Place the remaining plants in the top of the basket: one centrally and the rest near the edge. Firm more compost around the root balls, keeping the final level a few centimetres below the top of the basket, to allow room for watering. Then water well.


Lawn maintenance


Grass smells great when freshly cut and a great looking lawn takes no time with the right tools.

Follow these three easy steps to getting a great lawn this June:

  • Mow regularly
  • Feed the grass with a liquid lawn feed if it needs a quick green-up.
  • Water a new lawn in prolonged dry spells. Due to the hosepipe ban in the UK, try and keep your lawns looking as good as possible, whilst also conserving water, by investing in a water butt.

Planning on getting busy over the Jubilee weekend?

Those planning on getting busy with home improvement over the Jubilee weekend can depend on B&Q to help them with their DIY dilemmas. B&Q is bringing back its You Can Do It helpdesk, following its success over the Easter and May Bank Holidays. This online help service assists customers embarking on home improvement projects over the holiday weekend.

The You Can Do It Crew will be on hand over the Bank Holiday from Saturday 2–5 June, from 10am to 4pm daily to answer any DIY related questions. People can contact the You Can Do It Crew by calling 0800 652 1967, uploading home improvement dilemmas to B&Q's Facebook, or tweeting to #howdoi where an expert will be on hand to offer a quick solution online.


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