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Keep fruit bushes well-wa­tered in dry spells to al­low fruit to swell. Plums, pears and ap­ples can be thinned out now too. This hap­pens nat­u­rally as well, but if you want big­ger fruit, re­move some of the smaller fruitlets.

Check bras­si­cas (cab­bages, broc­coli, turnips, Brussels sprouts) for but­ter­flies lay­ing their eggs – of­ten you will find them on the un­der­side of leaves. Re­move th­ese, as when hatched as cater­pil­lars they can com­pletely ex­fo­li­ate your plant.

Con­tinue suc­ces­sional sow­ing of sal­ads, and sow cu­cum­ber, sweet­corn, squash, French, run­ner and broad beans out­doors.

Move cit­rus fruit out­doors for the summer.

Pop a few nas­tur­tium seeds in the ground or pots for a cas­cade of flow­ers in late summer.

Con­sider in­stalling a wa­ter bar­rel to con­serve rain­fall.

Earth up pota­toes. New pota­toes may be ready to har­vest, de­pend­ing on when planted.

Prune springflow­er­ing de­cid­u­ous shrubs, such as ker­ria, philadel­phus, for­sythia, ribes and weigela, as soon as they are fin­ished flow­er­ing.

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