Monday, 28 June 2010

Jayne's Topical Tips

Jobs for July
Tie in climbing cucumbers, feed & water if dry. Top dress roots with compost if necessary, Pinch out cucumber (and climbing bean tops) when they reach the top of their supports. Water and feed leeks, marrows and potatoes. Start harvesting garlic and shallots. Endive, fennel, land cress, oriental mustard, salad rocket, Swiss chard and winter purslane can be sown in seed boxes or
modules to transplant under cover, mainly for winter. The Hampton Court Flower Show is on from July 6th to July 11th - try to get there if you can otherwise watch it on TV. Start thinking what you can enter in our Summer Flower show! Take cuttings of shrubs and alpines. Stake sunflower & autumn perennials, remove blanket weed from ponds. Trim box topiary to keep in shape.

Jayne's Topical Tips

Jobs for June
Pinch out broad bean tops. Keep up hoeing, weeding & mulching. Side shoot, stake and tie in tomatoes. Keep an eye open for pests. Keep up the direct sowing of vegetables and thin earlier ones. Plant colchicum, cyclamen & nerines. Stake tall perennials if necessary. Mulch strawberries. Greenhouse glass should have some shading to prevent plant scorching. Feed & deadhead roses after first flush of flowers. Sow seed of biennials such as Canterbury Bells and Sweet Williams. Net soft fruit and cherries to protect from birds.