Weekend gardening projects include mowing lawns and planting forget-me-nots.

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Weekend gardening tasks include mowing lawns and planting forget-me-nots.

In addition, as the color of ripening fruits deepens, gather them.

Make lawn repairs and plant bedding, such as forget-me-nots and herbaceous perennials, while the soil is still warm.

Harvest ripe fruits and stratify sown seeds for the winter.

Even in mild climates, it is too late to repair lawns by removing damage with an edging iron and spade, leveling the soil, and sowing grass seeds.

However, now is the best time to install turf in the cut-out area.

In older lawns, purchased turf will stand out, so cut a replacement from a less visible spot in the lawn and replace it with new turf to fill the gap.

A satisfying garden staple is a carpet of blue, or less commonly pink or white, forget-me-nots beneath massed tulips.

They thrive in any type of garden soil, whether in partial shade or full sun.

There’s still time to order them as plugs or in garden center trays.

Self-seeded varieties can be transplanted and are found in many gardens.

They’ll mostly be blue, and because they’re uneven compared to store-bought ones, they’re best used in less formal borders.

Plant perennials while the ground is still warm but not wet.

Plant bare-root plants no more than 25mm deeper than they were before being lifted, and allow about a finger’s width of soil over the original rootball when planting potted plants.

If the soil is sticky, start with planks.

Lift and divide existing plants, replanting a fist-sized portion from the clump’s vigorous edge.

To avoid disturbing plants before they reshoot in the spring, mark them with a short stick.

As apples and pears ripen, the starch in them turns to sugars and scents, and the bond with the parent tree weakens.

When the ripe fruits start to fall, begin picking and storing them in a cool, dark location.

Allow any that do not easily come away when gently lifted (inset) to ripen further.

Pears can be tricky to work with because they quickly mature once they fall.

If you can taste sweetness in ripening pears when you bite into them, bring them inside to ripen.

Astrantia, for example, necessitates chilling of seed prior to germination.

Now is the time to treat seed that has been saved at home, as well as seed that has been purchased.

Leave the sown pots outside, even if they are protected from rain.

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Weekend gardening projects include mowing lawns and planting forget-me-nots.

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Gardening jobs for the weekend: Repair lawns and plant forget-me-nots

Picking apples. Image via Perry Stewart

Gardening jobs for the weekend: Repair lawns and plant forget-me-nots

Picking apples. Image via Perry Stewart

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