GARDENING: Jobs for the weekendÂ with Brian Kidd
Â Plenty here to keep you occupied outdoors in the next few days.
'¢Take three-inch cuttings from aubrietia plantsÂ and remove the bottom two inches of leaves. Insert them in a 50/50 mix of sharp sand andÂ seed compost. Keep them shaded,Â protectÂ from cats and they should root in fourÂ weeks.
'¢PutÂ greenhouse ferns in a shady part of the greenhouse. Many getÂ 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 No3Â compost. This will increase the number of fruits. Repeat the action several times at weekly intervals.
'¢Summer prune apple trees byÂ cutting side shoots to half their length. Prunings will be soft and should be composted. This Â 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 ofÂ 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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