Plant­ing co­rian­der and what to do in your gar­den this week:

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

BOTH the aro­matic leaves and stems of co­rian­der can be used to add flavour and fra­grance to cur­ries, sal­sas and other spicy dishes.

Sow seeds in suc­ces­sion from March un­til Au­gust and you should have leaves from June un­til Oc­to­ber. Seeds can be sown 2.5cm deep and 5cm apart, di­rectly into beds of rich, well-drained soil in light shade to pre­vent bolt­ing, keep well-weeded and well-wa­tered and let some plants de­velop seed to save and use next year.

Cut the flow­er­heads when the seeds are brown, cover with a pa­per bag and hang up to dry in a warm place. Good va­ri­eties for leaves in­clude 'Leisure' and 'Ca­lypso'

Jobs for this week:

Re­duce the length of wis­te­ria ten­drils by half.

Wa­ter dahlias regularly and feed fort­nightly, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to young plants which are slow to grow.

Go on slug and snail pa­trol in your gar­den, par­tic­u­larly af­ter a heavy down­pour, and pick off all those you see.

Peg down run­ners on straw­berry plants that you want to prop­a­gate.

Feed late-flow­er­ing bor­der peren­ni­als.

Col­lect and sow or store ripe seeds be­fore they fall.

Plant au­tumn-flow­er­ing bulbs such as amaryl­lis, ner­ines and au­tumn cro­cuses.

Sum­mer-prune side-shoots of wall-trained plums and cher­ries, with the ex­cep­tion of Morello.

Where roots are ex­posed due to wa­ter­ing, ap­ply a top-dress­ing of John Innes No 3 com­post to toma­toes.

Buy win­ter va­ri­eties of spinach, which can be sown in Au­gust and Septem­ber to crop be­tween Oc­to­ber and April.

Top up ponds on a reg­u­lar ba­sis be­cause wa­ter can evap­o­rate quickly dur­ing hot spells.

Thin oxy­genat­ing plants in the pond be­fore they take over com­pletely. Pull them out with a rake and leave them to dry out, to al­low any wildlife hid­ing in­side to es­cape.

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Sow co­rian­der seeds over sum­mer

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