IN THE FLOWER GARDEN
• Cut back faded perennials to keep borders tidy.
• Dead-heading flowers in hanging baskets will encourage new flowers. Make sure you are regularly feeding them with a liquid fertiliser.
• Cut back hardy geraniums and delphiniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage new growth and further blooms.
• Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants.
• Prune wisteria now. Just remove the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base.
• Prune lupins to encourage further flowers.
• Now is the time to prune deciduous magnolias.
• Dead-head sweet peas regularly to keep them blooming and remember to water well daily.
• Spray persistent weeds such as ground elder with a systemic weed killer.
IN THE FRUIT GARDEN
• Thin out the fruit on your trees to produce good size crops.
• Feed container grown fruit regularly with a high potash fertiliser.
• Feed citrus plants throughout the summer with a special citrus fertiliser.
• Peg down the runners on your strawberry plants to make more plants for next year.
• Prune your plum, apricot, peach and cherry trees now. This will reduce the risk of silver leaf disease.
• If you are growing apples or pears as cordons, fans or espaliers give them a summer prune now to maintain their shape.
• Prune the fruited stems of blackcurrant bushes after harvesting.
• Raspberries are shallow rooted so they will appreciate being watered generously in hot weather.
IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
• Pot on pepper plants as they grow into progressively larger pots.
• Train cucumber stems upwards to make the most of space available.
• Pinch out the tips of squash and courgette plants to encourage branching.
• Pinch out the growing tip of aubergines once they have 5 or 6 fruits.
• Pinch out tomato side shoots each week. Cut off any leaves growing below the first truss to improve air circulation.
• Feed tomato plants weekly with a tomato fertiliser, if leaves are pale and yellow feed more often.
•Apply a high potash feed such as tomato fertiliser once fruit on peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes has set.
• Harvest garlic when the tops start to bend over and yellow.
• Pick your courgettes whilst they are young. Regular picking encourages more fruit.
• Pick runner beans regularly to prevent them becoming stringy.
• Water fruit and vegetable crops regularly in hot weather.
• Harvest beetroot, peas, carrots, chard, potatoes, salad leaves and tomatoes this month.
• Clear weeds from around your plants regularly as they will compete with your crops for nutrients and water.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR LAWN
• Feed your lawn with a specialist lawn fertiliser now.
• Do not allow new turf or seeded grass to dry out, water regularly.
• In prolonged dry weather, set your mower blades higher to reduce stress on your lawn.
• Brush out any ant nests on a dry day, always brush them away before mowing.