Must-do this week
It’s a battle at the moment to keep everything hydrated. Keep a basin in your kitchen sink and use the dishwater for your pots and containers.
It’s a good time to take softwood and semi-ripe cuttings – this is a great way to grow expensive plants such as Buxus.
Take cuttings from tender plants to overwinter indoors.
Pinch out tomato shoots. Feed tomatoes, peppers and cucumber with high-potash fertiliser once fruits start to form.
Check for cabbage white butterfly eggs under cabbage leaves and remove.
Sow spring cabbage, turnips, fennel and autumn/winter salads.
Cherry, plum and peach trees can be pruned if needs be now – this is a job you can’t do in winter as there is a risk of silver leaf disease.
Stop climbing beans when they reach the tops of their stakes so they divert energy to cropping on sideshoots.
Missed the potato planting season? You can get cold-stored tubers which can be planted now and will mature for Christmas.