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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Sow chicory, grow­ing roots that can be lifted and pot­ted next win­ter to raise chicons ●● If you want huge rose blooms, re­move any buds de­vel­op­ing at the side of the main ter­mi­nal bloom on each shoot ●● Prune large and over­grown Clema­tis Mon­tana af­ter flow­er­ing, cut­ting back hard to en­cour­age new growth ●● Prune late-spring and early-sum­mer­flow­er­ing shrubs like philadel­phus, cean­othus, es­cal­lo­nia and weigela im­me­di­ately af­ter flow­er­ing ●● Thin ap­ples by pick­ing off dam­aged or dis­eased fruits ●● Pinch out the soft tips of broad bean plants to re­duce the risk of attack by black­fly ●● Cut lawns at least once a week now the grass is grow­ing vig­or­ously ●● Top up wa­ter lev­els in the pond as they fall when weather gets hot ●● Pinch out the tips of trail­ing plants in hang­ing bas­kets to make them branch out, dead­head­ing ev­ery few days

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