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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Plant dwarf bul­bous irises for win­ter colour. ●● Tidy your pond by dead­head­ing mar­ginal aquatic plants and re­mov­ing ex­cess growth from sub­merged oxy­genat­ing plants. ●● Check for re­ver­sion on var­ie­gated shrubs and trees and re­move all-green shoots. ●● If your pota­toes are small due to dry­ness in early sum­mer but rain has now fallen, en­cour­age them by dust­ing fer­tiliser between the rows and hoe­ing in. ●● Pick over bed­ding dahlias to re­move any seed­heads, which helps to keep the plants in flower. ●● As fruit ripens on trees, their weight in­creases. Check over the branches to see if any need sup­port. ●● :: Earth up French beans to the bot­tom leaves and feed weekly with quar­ter strength liq­uid ma­nure un­til the crop is fin­ished. ●● Pinch out the grow­ing tips of wallflow­ers to make the plants bushier. ●● Re­move the grow­ing tips from green­house toma­toes to en­cour­age the fruit to de­velop more rapidly. ●● Sow Ja­panese onions to over­win­ter. ●● Take the last crop of cut­tings this year from pinks.

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