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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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 au­tum­n­flow­er­ing 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 in­side to es­cape.

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