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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

Hang­ing bas­kets and con­tain­ers may need twicedaily wa­ter­ing in th­ese high tem­per­a­tures.

Sim­i­larly, fruit and veg will need your at­ten­tion.

Sum­mer-prune wis­te­ria – this just means cut­ting back long whippy shoots to about six leaves.

You do this when the wis­te­ria has fin­ished flow­er­ing to en­cour­age it to form more flower buds for next year.

Hedges which are look­ing a bit hairy can be trimmed back.

Cut back hardy gera­ni­ums that have fin­ished flow­er­ing to en­cour­age a sec­ond flush. Get rid of weeds be­fore they set seed around your plot.

Dur­ing this dry spell, raise the blades on your mower to al­low the grass to re­main a lit­tle longer. If it’s moist or there’s a chance of rain, give your lawn a sum­mer feed.

Give your dahlias a liquid feed and stake them to sup­port them as they grow.

Pinch out side shoots of cor­don toma­toes. Wa­ter toma­toes daily to pre­vent split fruit.

Re­move rose flow­ers as they start to go over – oth­er­wise the plant will use its en­ergy to pro­duce rose­hips.

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