Gardening tips

In the flower garden…

• Plant out the last of the summer bedding.
• Continue to thin out drifts of hardy annuals if they’re overcrowded.
• Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of bulbs.
• Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered whilst they establish.
• It’s not too late to sow a few extra seeds. Calendula, Candytuft, Larkspur and Nigella can still be sown direct outdoors.
• Pinch out the tips of Fuchsias to encourage a bushy habit and more flowers.
• If any of your hanging basket plants have become leggy or misshapen, simply trim the excess off.
• Dead- head repeat -flowering roses as they go over.
• As soon as sweet peas start to flower, keep picking them to encourage more flowers.
• Dead-head and cut back oriental poppies after flowering. Cutting them close to ground level will stimulate new foliage.
• Stake tall or floppy perennials to avoid wind damage.
• Towards the end of the month, if your hardy Geraniums have finished flowering cut them back to encourage new foliage and flowers.
• Cut back bulb foliage as soon as it has died down naturally.
• As new shoots grow, tie in and train climbing plants such as honeysuckle and clematis to their supports.


In the vegetable garden…

• Pinch out any side shoots from your tomato plants and feed once the first truss is setting fruit.
• Continue to earth up potato plants as they grow. If you’re growing potatoes in bags simply add more compost to half way up the plant stem.
• Harvest salad crops and resow every 2 weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves.
• Harvest early potatoes, these bare normally ready from 10 weeks after planting.
• Look out for onion and garlic leaves yellowing and dying back – this means they are ready to harvest!
• Plant out tender veg such as courgettes, tomatoes and sweetcorn now the risk of frost has passed.
• Keep sowing runner beans – sow them directly in the ground now.
• Protect crops from carrot fly by covering with horticultural fleece or environmesh.

In the fruit garden…

• Start to prune plum and cherry trees now.
• Although fruit trees will naturally shed some fruit (called ‘June Drop’), aim to thin out congested branches for bigger and better fruits.
• Feed container grown fruit with a high potash liquid feed to keep plants healthy and productive.
•  Peg down runners on your strawberry plants to create new plants for next year.

Looking after your lawn…

• In prolonged dry weather, higher your mower blades to reduce stress on the grass.
• Do not allow newly seeded or turfed lawns to dry out.
• Now is the ideal time to apply a lawn weedkiller as warm weather encourages rapid weed growth.
• Feed your lawn with a special lawn fertiliser to encourage healthy green growth.