Longer evenings, albeit still quite rainy ones are enabling us to stay in our gardens just that bit longer, and to make sure your garden keeps looking at its best, there are certain things we need to be doing to keep it looking good.
If you have a flowering rose, deadheading it will allow it to continue to bloom. Apart from some rambling roses such as ‘Albertine.’
Now’s the time of year to take out a large proportion of plums before they over produce.
Raspberries, currants, strawberries and cherries will need to be netted, so that the birds don’t get to them first.
Tomatoes will ideally need to be fed once a week, as soon as they have set their first truss. Outdoor tomatoes will need to have their tip taken out at about 5 trusses high.
Keep harvesting your courgettes to stop them from turning into marrows. Harvest garlic as soon as the foliage starts to fade. Fold over the tops of your onions if they start to show signs of bolting. You will also be able to continue to sow lettuce, dill, coriander and rocket.
Clip box hedging, and keep the flower beds cleared of weeds.
This is a great time of year to take semi-ripe cutting from shrubs and tender perennials. If you taken at this time of year, they can then be potted on, with time to establish before the growing season, these can be kept on either a window sill, or greenhouse, but remember to keep out of direct sunlight until rooted.
Finally if you see powdery mildew, make sure you soak the roots, however with all the rain we’ve been experiencing in the UK, this probably won’t be a problem.
If you are looking to sell your property, make sure that the front of the house has street appeal, and flower beds, paths and lawns are all looking neat and well looked after.