Garden writer and busy mum Laetitia Maklouf has discovered the secret of happier gardening - do something small every day. She's packed this book with little bursts of activity: spruce, chop, nurture, fuss or tackle a larger project, all in five-minute forays.
Every day, rain or shine, do something for your garden with whatever time you can spare. Before you know it, you will have a daily gardening habit and a beautiful garden you can enjoy all year round.
This little enterprise sets you up for your week. It's a general garden-tidying mission all the baseline jobs but over the entire garden. Don't get into detail no perfectionism here, but you will get round the whole area. Tidy away anything out of place, weed anything that s obvious when you look around, roughly sweep/blow all terraces, steps and paths and water anything that needs a drink.
This is everything that needs chopping and tying-in. Get those secateurs and do the dead, diseased and dying dance. Next, tackle any tree or shrub branches that need pruning or shaping. Tie in anything that needs training. Put everything into a bag for council composting, or chop up fine for home composting. Mow and edge the lawn (summer).
This involves moving and planting. Take stock. Lift and divide perennials that need it in autumn, move (or remove) anything that s not working and replace with something else. Sow seed, prick out, pot on, plant out. Plant bulbs in autumn.
This is simple deadheading and fussing. Glass of wine, finger and thumb. Compost or vase. Also feeding containers in summer.
The Friday Project
A day where you pick something that needs doing and go a bit deeper than your normal, slapdash gardening.