Seeds to plant now:
Indoors or in a heated greenhouse
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Jobs to do in the garden this week.
- Remove weak growth from autumn fruiting raspberries.
- Grass will need less frequent mowing in prolonged dry weather. If very dry, remove the grass collecting box and let the cuttings stay on the ground to conserve soil moisture.
- Prune summer flowering jasmine.
- Propagate hibiscus, lavender and rhododendron plants by taking semi-ripe cuttings.
- Propagate celamatis, honeysuckle and wisteria plants by layering.
- Take cuttings of shrubs: senecio, lavender, sage, rosemary, fuchsia, hebe, daphne, cistus, choisya and azalea.
- Prune wisteria by shortening the whippy lateral shoots to about six buds from the main stems.
- It’s time to lift and divide bearded irises. Replant rhizomes so they are sitting on the top of the soil surface.
- Prepare the garden now if you are going on holiday. Water all shrubs well, including roses and climbers, then lay 2-3in thick mulch on top of the soil around their roots to keep the roots cool.
- If the your grass has grown long while you have been on holiday, give it a cut with the blade set quite high and then lower a few days later, this reduces the chance of the grass going into shock and allowing weeds to get established
- Hydrangea flowers will fade quickly in the sun, if you are growing them in pots move them to a shady area of the garden.
- Sink pots of compost among strawberry plants and pin root runners into them.
- If you are going on holiday either get a neighbour to water your house plants, hanging baskets and patio planters, alternatively put all of your plants including house plants on the patio or lawn, put the lawn sprinkler between them and connect the hose to an outside tap using a water timer (set the timer to come on twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening - 10 minutes each time should be sufficient). Test the settings before you go away.
- Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
- Tie tomato stems to canes or stakes to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the plant.
- Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.
- Ensure that soil in hanging baskets and patio planters is kept moist. Remove fading and dead flower heads from plants, this will encourage new flowers. Feed hanging baskets and planters weekly with liquid fertiliser if a slow release fertiliser was not added when planting the basket.
- Apple and pear trees will shed some fruit, this is known as the 'June drop'. This is quite natural, it's the trees way of restricting the amount of fruit that develop.
- Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
- Continually nip out side shoots from upright (cordon) tomato plants. These reduce the amount of food available to fruit baring branches. Nip out the growing tip after the plant has produced 4-5 fruiting trusses.
- Regularly water trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. Their roots won't have had a chance to fully develop yet.
- Cut grass weekly, long grass takes more nutrients out of the soil. It is also harder to cut and may leave yellow patches in the lawn.
- Lift, divide and replant chives.