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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Clip laven­der to clear the dead flow­er­heads and re­shape the plants, en­sur­ing you don’t cut into old wood ●● If you’ve been away and your con­tain­ers haven’t been wa­tered and look like they’ve had it, tip them out and start again, fo­cus­ing on au­tumn plant­ing schemes ●● Check plants such as roses and hon­ey­suck­les for pow­dery mildew and try to im­prove the grow­ing con­di­tions by soak­ing the ground with wa­ter and giv­ing them a high potash feed ●● As rows in the veg plot be­come va­cant, re­fill them with sow­ings of fast­grow­ing va­ri­eties of car­rots, peas and turnips, as well as let­tuce and baby spinach leaves for sal­ads ●● Take soft­wood cut­tings from ten­der peren­ni­als in­clud­ing pelargo­ni­ums, ver­bena, pen­ste­mons and shrubby salvias and leave them in small pots or trays in the green­house ●● Harvest green­house toma­toes, pep­pers, aubergines and cu­cum­bers ●● Com­plete di­vi­sion of bearded irises ●● Sup­port tall­grow­ing clumps of peren­nial asters in­clud­ing Michael­mas daisies, which are start­ing to flop now the flow­ers are out ●● Clip horn­beam, beech, Ley­land cy­press and thuja hedges be­fore mid-Septem­ber ●● Get your com­post heap in or­der as au­tumn clear­ing gen­er­ates waste.

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