Plenty here to keep you occupied outdoors in the next few days.
•Take three-inch cuttings from aubrietia plants and remove the bottom two inches of leaves. Insert them in a 50/50 mix of sharp sand and seed compost. Keep them shaded, protect from cats and they should root in four weeks.
•Put greenhouse ferns in a shady part of the greenhouse. Many get scorched leaves if left in direct hot sunshine.
•Feed greenhouse cucumbers by top-dressing the surface of the compost with a little Vitax Q4 fertiliser and water afterwards with a rose on the watering can. In a few days, new white roots will appear on the compost’s surface. When these roots are seen top-dress the surface of the compost with John Innes No3 compost. This will increase the number of fruits. Repeat the action several times at weekly intervals.
•Summer prune apple trees by cutting side shoots to half their length. Prunings will be soft and should be composted. This will induce fruit buds for next year’s apples.
•Use fingers and thumbs to see if early potatoes are ready. Don’t dig the whole plant. Give it a liquid feed to encourage more tubers
•Thin grapes again and blow sulphur dust into the centre of the bunches to prevent powdery mildew.
•Check tall flowers in borders. They may need support if you didn’t use hazel sprays in March.
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