●● 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.