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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Wa­ter, wa­ter, wa­ter! That’s your main job over the sum­mer as we, and the plants, hope­fully siz­zle in glo­ri­ous sun­shine and keep fruit bushes well-wa­tered in dry spells as well giv­ing the fruit a chance to swell.

Plums, pears and ap­ples can be thinned out this month.

This hap­pens nat­u­rally as well – it’s called June drop – but if you want big­ger fruit, re­move some of the smaller fruitlets.

Check bras­si­cas (cab­bages, broc­coli, turnips, brus­sels sprouts) for but­ter­flies lay­ing their eggs – of­ten you will find them on the un­der­side of leaves.

Re­move them, as when hatched cater­pil­lars will feed vo­ra­ciously and could com­pletely ex­fo­li­ate your plant.

Move cit­rus fruit out­doors for the sum­mer. Con­tinue suc­ces­sional sow­ing of sal­ads and sow out­doors cu­cum­ber, sweet­corn, squash, French, run­ner and broad beans.

Prune springflow­er­ing de­cid­u­ous shrubs, such as ker­ria, philadel­phus, for­sythia, ribes and weigela as soon as they are fin­ished flow­er­ing.

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