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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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 newlyshoot­ing 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 pheromone traps in ap­ple and pear trees. ●● Lift for­get-me-nots 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 ap­ply and re­fresh mulches to dis­cour­age weed and con­serve mois­ture.

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