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Garden News - August 2017

2 August 2017

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Hoe weekly to stop weed seeds germinating. Cut down uncultivated areas and spray re-growth with Bio Glyphosate (100ml £1) ready for next season. Scatter slug pellets (845g £2). Apply path weed killer (£1.20 a sachet). Water plants thoroughly, do not waste time & water by indiscriminate spraying. Top-dress containers with horticultural 4mm grit (£5). Feed weekly with Maxicrop (£2.50 ltr) or Phostrogen (160 can £4.30). If going on holiday arrange for a friend to water plants in containers, frames, greenhouse, outdoor tomatoes, marrow's, courgettes & cucumbers. Tell them to pick ALL sweet peas, courgettes, french & runner beans as these will stop producing if left on the plant. Stock up with ‘Restaurant Quality’ lump wood charcoal (12kg £9) for those impromptu barbecues.

VEG PLOT: - Plant brassicas & leeks. Sow lettuce & carrots (cover with cloches in October), spring cabbage, pak choi, carrots, radish, spinach, turnips and main crop onions.  Pinch outside shoots of non-bush tomatoes, tie plants regularly to their 4' support canes (30p). Feed weekly. Spray potatoes every 14 days with Fruit & Veg Fungal Killer (£1 a sachet) when leaves touch to protect against potato blight.

FRUIT: - Pick soft fruit & tie in new shoots. Tidy strawberry's by removing & burning old leaves, runners & straw. Apply 2 oz. sq. yd. Growmore (5kg £4.50). Dig up three year old stock & destroy. Create a new bed on well manured ground now for a good crop next year.

GREENHOUSE: - Ventilate, provide shade & maintain humidity. Water daily. Take cuttings of heathers, geraniums and fuchsias. Insert into sandy compost (potting grit £5, Compost £5) in pots (from 3p). Full size rigid trays @ £1.30 & half size flexi's @ 10p are available. Control insects with a ready to use Insect Gun (1ltr.£3.80) or Sprayday (30ml £5.80). Tie tomato, cucumber, pepper & aubergine's plants to their support canes with PVC plant rings (100 for £1.90). Feed weekly when fruits begin to swell with tomato feed (£2.50 per ltr.) Tomato plants tend to ‘stress’ through August, in very sunny conditions the leaves fold inwards. Water twice a week with a heaped teaspoon to a 2 gallon watering can of epsom salts (for its magnesium). Feed cucumbers & melons with a teaspoon of dried blood weekly & water in.

FLOWERS:-Order spring bulbs. Remove old heads to keep them flowering. Mulch borders with chipped bark or peat (100ltr bale £9).

LAWNS: - Mow weekly. Apply lawn weed killer (350ml £3).


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