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Summertime, and the living is easy ?

24 – 30 August 2015


Flower garden job checklist

It’s time to…


Catch earwigs in upturned pots crammed with newspaper or straw on canes among dahlias, and destroy any you find

Prune pyracantha and train shoots to supports

Prepare soil to plant evergreen shrubs and conifers by digging it over and incorporating lots of organic matter

Prune lavender to maintain its shape, and take lavender cuttings by pulling off sideshoots and inserting them in trays of gritty compost

Collect seed from border perennials and store in a sealed container in a cool place

Prune rambling roses, removing shoots that have finished flowering

Plant conifers, shrubs and hedging

Tie tall chrysanthemums to supports

Plant autumn crocuses, sternbergia, colchicums, hardy cyclamen and nerines

Dig up hardy annuals if you don’t want them to set seed

Fruit and veg job checklist

It’s time to…


Prune out fruited canes on summer-cropping raspberries

Pinch out tops of main shoots on outdoor tomato plants

Prune trained forms of fruit trees

Pick sweetcorn cobs

Continue picking plums and freeze any surplus right away

Lift and store onions and shallots

Order garlic and onion sets for autumn planting

Put grease bands on fruit trees to catch wingless winter moths

Plant out rooted strawberry runners and pot some up to bring into the greenhouse later in winter for early fruits

Vegetables to sow now include lettuces, spinach, land cress, purslane, beetroot, radishes, coriander, spring onions, calabrese, spring greens, turnips for their green tops, Swiss chard, winter spinach and hardy Japanese onions

Greenhouse job checklist

It’s time to…


Take cuttings from tender perennials and bedding plants, such as verbena

Sow a few pots of hardy annuals to provide early spring blooms

Shade delicate plants to avoid sun scorch on hot days

Deal with vine weevil by watering pots with a solution of biological control nematodes

Damp down the floor on hot days to increase humidity

Harvest cucumbers regularly to promote further flower development

Pot up rooted cuttings into individual pots

Plant pots of freesias and lachenalia

Stop watering begonias and gloxinias so they die down after flowering

Start watering dormant cyclamen to bring them back into growth after their summer rest

Around the garden job checklist

It’s time to…


Remove suckers from roses, shrubs and around the base of trees, like cornus and sorbus

Trim box topiary and hedging

Cut laurel hedges using secateurs so you don’t damage the remaining leaves

Spray mare’s tail with a weedkiller such as glyphosate

Improve soil ready for sowing a lawn from seed during showery autumn weather

Hoe and hand weed borders

Order sweet pea seeds for autumn sowing in pots

Pinch out the tips of wallflowers to promote bushier growth

Buy spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, crocuses, narcissus and fritillaries

Apply an autumn lawn feed

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