Hannah Stephen­son on what to do out­side this week:

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

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

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