Must-do this week

Irish Daily Mirror - - IN THE GARDEN -

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.

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