IN THE FLOWER GARDEN
• Continue to feed and deadhead hanging basket and container plants, they will often keep going until the first frosts.
• Keep deadheading annuals and perennials to extend their performance.
•Deadhead your penstemons, dahlias and roses to keep them flowering.
•Prune climbing and rambling roses once they’ve finished flowering.
• Keep camellias and rhododendrons well watered at this time of year to ensure that next year’s buds develop well.
IN THE FRUIT GARDEN
• If you’re growing fruit in containers, make sure to give them a high potash liquid feed to keep them healthy and productive.
• Remember to feed citrus trees throughout summer with a special citrus fertiliser.
• Plant out any rooted strawberry runners for a great crop next year.
• Harvest your fruit trees now – cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots should all be ripe now! Early varieties of apple trees will be ready from the end of the month.
• If you have a glut of blackberries, raspberries or loganberries it’s best to freeze them, to keep enjoying them for a longer period.
• Tidy up strawberry plants and remove any old straw from around them to improve ventilation and reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
• Prune the fruited stems of blackcurrant bushes after harvesting.
• Cut back the fruited stems of raspberries, leaving the new green canes for next years crop.
IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
• Water sweetcorn plants regularly and feed with a tomato fertiliser to get the best cobs.
• Feed peppers, cucumbers and aubergines plants with a tomato fertiliser once fruits start to set.
• Continue to feed tomato plants and remove lower leaves to help with air circulation and prevent disease.
• Pinch out the tips of your runner beans once they reach the top of their support.
• Pinch out the tip of aubergines once they have 5 or 6 fruits. Pick fruits while they are young and shiny.
• Limit the fruits on a squash plant to about three, but make sure these fruits are established before removing the surplus.
• Spring-sown carrots and beetroot will be ready to start harvesting now.
• Continue to harvest second early potatoes.
• Start harvesting maincrop potatoes as the leaves yellow and wilt back.
• Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage has flopped over and turned yellow.
• Harvest French and runner beans little and often to prevent them from setting seed.
• Pick runner beans regularly to prevent them becoming stringy and to make room for developing pods.
• Keep harvesting courgettes before they become too big.
• Clear away any diseased and old foliage around your veg plants to discourage pests and diseases spreading.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR LAWN
• Don’t panic if your lawn is looking a little brown, the autumn rain will soon make it green again.
• Don’t feed your lawn with a high-nitrogen feed now, as this will encourage lots of lush new growth which is easily damaged by autumn weather.
• Lawn growth slows in summer, so raise the cutting height of your mower to help the grass cope.
• If you’re planning on laying a new lawn this autumn then prepare the area now to give it time to settle.
• If your lawn is infested with ants then brush the nests away on a dry day.