Hannah Stephenson on what to do outside this week:
WATER, water everywhere – and lots of drops for the plants to drink... it’s time to get the can in use and also protect fruit trees from suckers and moths.
Ensure fruit trees and bushes have enough water while the fruit is setting, otherwise fruitlets are often shed.
Cover the ground under strawberries with straw or matting to protect the ripening fruit from mud and from slugs and other pests.
Feed newly-shooting hardy fuchsias with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser and keep the base free from weeds.
Finish off planting up patio containers to give the plants enough time to root and grow well for the summer.
Water hanging baskets daily.
Erect supports for climbing beans.
Harden off aubergines, courgettes, marrows, peppers and tomatoes grown from seed before planting outside.
Check for suckers and remove any which appear on fruit trees, grafted ornamental trees, rhododendrons and roses by pulling them away from the base rather than cutting them.
Plant out sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts and summer cabbage.
Control codling moth by hanging pheromonene traps in apple and pear trees.
Lift forget-menots which have been used in spring bedding schemes and re-set them in a spare corner where their seeds will ripen and spread.
Continue to applyly and refresh mulches es to discourage weed andnd to conserve as much moisture as possible. Take care to water your fruit trees and to protect pears from codling moths byy hangingg g trapsp