JOBS FOR THE WEEK
■ It’s a battle at the moment to keep everything hydrated. Keep a basin in your kitchen sink and use the dishwater for your pots and containers.
■ It’s a good time to take softwood and semi-ripe cuttings – this is a great way to grow expensive plants such as Buxus.
■ Take cuttings from tenderplants to over-winter indoors. ■ Pinch out tomato shoots. Feed tomatoes, peppers and cucumber with high-potash fertiliser once fruits start to form.
■ Check for cabbage white butterfly eggs under cabbage leaves and remove.
■ Sow spring cabbage, turnips, fennel and autumn/ winter salads.
■ Cherry, plum and peach trees can be pruned if ■ Stop climbing beans when they reach the tops of their stakes so they divert energy to cropping on sideshoots.
■ Missed the potato planting season? You can get cold-stored tubers which can be planted now and will mature for Christmas.
needs be now – this is a job you can’t do in winter as there is a risk of silver leaf disease. It’s a good time to take cuttings
Oenothera Biennis – evening primrose
Digitalis – foxglove
Echium Pininana – Giant Viper’s Bugloss
Cabbage white butterfly eggs