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What to do in the garden this week 17th May

Flowers

 

  • Plant out chrysanthemums for autumn flowers
  • Prune overgrown Clematis montana after flowering, cutting lanky growth back hard to promote new shoots from the base
  • Lift and divide congested clumps of primulas and polyanthus
  • Sow foxgloves, honesty and wallflowers
  • Tie in shoots of clematis and climbers to trellis and supports

 

Fruit and Veg

 

 

  • Hang pheromone traps in fruit trees to control moth pests, such as codling moth larvae, which eat apples
  • Thin out congested fruit crops on peaches and nectarines, spacing fruits about 10cm apart
  • Watch out for signs of powdery mildew or disease on fruit trees and bushes, and treat with a fungicide
  • Erect supports for climbing beans, using tall canes or hazel stems
  • Sow outside this week: carrots, swedes, turnip, leaf beet and spinach

 

 

Greenhouse

 

 

  • Regularly water crops in pots and growing bags, daily if needed in warm weather
  • Plant trailing bush tomatoes, such as 'Tumbler', in hanging baskets
  • Feed young plants weekly with a solution of liquid fertiliser
  • Ventilate the greenhouse during the day, but close vents in the evening
  • Sow marrows, courgettes, squashes and pumpkins in small pots, ready to plant outside later next month

 

 

Around The Garden

 

 

  • Plant tagetes with your tomatoes, to act as companion flowers which deter pests
  • Scoop out floating pond weed and algae from pools
  • Hoe bare soil and hand weed beds weekly to prevent weeds from establishing and setting seed
  • Put soft tops on the tips of all cane and plant supports to prevent injury to eyes
  • Apply a moss killer to lawns, then, after a few days, scarify to rake out the dead matter
  • Wipe teak oil or other nourishing wood treatment on to wooden garden furniture to condition it for summer.

 

Andrew

 



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