Â GARDENING: Jobs for the weekend
Â Brian Kidd sets you to work.
'¢Stop cutting asparagus. StemsÂ needÂ to grow so the ferny leaves can send nutrients to the roots toÂ encourageÂ next year's crop. Feed withÂ blood, fish and bone. Fork into the soil and water afterwards.
'¢SowÂ calceolaria pot plant seedÂ in the greenhouse. The beautiful balloon-like flowers will bloom next spring in a frost-free greenhouse.
'¢Enjoy strawberries from the garden but get into the habit of taking a bucket with you forÂ weeds. Strawberries get smothered in weeds.
'¢Keep removing side shoots on tomatoes. If the bunches of fruits are heavyÂ use twist ties to support the trusses on canes.
'¢Spray outdoor tomatoes and potatoes with copper mixture to PREVENT blight.Â I get my leg pulled because I warn of blight so often, butÂ at leastÂ it proves you are reading these articles!
'¢Start thinning grapes. Wear a hat so yourÂ hair does not touchÂ the fruit which spoils the '˜bloom'Â on the skins.
'¢Spray the foliage of fruit trees with plain water in theÂ late evening to PREVENT red spider mite.
'¢Cut back oneÂ in threeÂ runner bean vines so the ones cut back will shoot lower on the vines. This will prolong the crop, a good idea if you are short of space. If there are no flowers on the vines and they are up to the top of the canes, remove half the leaves, give them just one ounceÂ of sulphate of potash, along every threeÂ yards of the row. Gently fork this in and water afterwards. The reason for non-flowering is that too much manure was put inÂ the ground but this little trick will bring on the flowers.