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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

It’s a good time to take soft­wood and semi-ripe cut­tings – this is a great way to grow rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive plants, such as Buxus. Take cut­tings from ten­der plants to over-win­ter in­doors.

Pinch out tomato shoots. Feed toma­toes, pep­pers and cu­cum­ber with high potash fer­tiliser once fruits start to form.

Cherry, plum and peach trees can be pruned if needs be now – this is a job you can’t do in win­ter as there is a risk of sil­ver leaf dis­ease.

Check for cab­bage white but­ter­fly eggs un­der cab­bage leaves and re­move.

Sow spring cab­bage, turnips, fen­nel and au­tumn/ win­ter sal­ads.

Stop climb­ing beans when they reach the top of their stakes so they di­vert en­ergy to crop­ping on side-shoots.

Re­mem­ber to keep them, and all veg­eta­bles, suf­fi­ciently wa­tered.

Missed the po­tato plant­ing sea­son?

You can get cold-stored tu­bers which can be planted now and will ma­ture in time for Christ­mas.

These are best planted in bags or con­tain­ers that can be brought in­doors to a

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