IN THE FLOWER GARDEN
• Put hanging baskets and pots & containers full of summer bedding in their final resting places.
• Continue to thin out drifts of hardy annuals if they’re overcrowded.
• Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of bulbs.
• Pinch out the tips of Fuchsias to encourage them to bush out.
• Start to pick sweet peas as soon as they flower.
• Dead-head roses as the flowers finish.
• 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 prevent wind damage.
• Tie in new shoots of climbers as they grow.
• At the end of the month cut back hardy geraniums if they have finished flowering to encourage new foliage and flowers.
IN THE FRUIT GARDEN
• Start to prune your plum or cherry trees now.
• Although fruit trees will naturally shed some fruit (known as the June drop) aim to thin out congested branches further for bigger and better fruits.
• Remember to feed fruiting plants grown in containers with a high potash liquid feed to keep them healthy and productive.
• Top dress patio dwarf fruit trees with fresh compost and a slow release fertiliser.
• Peg down runners on your strawberry plants to create more plants for next year. If you need more plants, simply remove the runners.
IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
• Continue to earth up potato plants as they grow.
• Pinch out any side shoots of tomato plants as they appear. Start to feed once the first truss is setting fruit.
• Harvest salad crops, and resow every 2 weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves.
• Use collars when planting brassicas to prevent cabbage root fly attack.
• Harvest early potatoes – these are normally ready abut 10 weeks after planting.
• When the leaves of onions and garlic start to turn yellow and die back then they are ready to harvest.
• Protect crops from carrot root fly by covering with horticultural fleece.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR LAWN
• If the ground is very dry, raise your mower blades to reduce stress on the grass.
• Keep newly seeded or turfed lawns well-watered.
• Feed your lawn with a special lawn fertiliser to encourage healthy green growth.