GAR­DEN TASKS

Whangarei Report - - GARDENING -

Give ‘em a feed

Toma­toes, pep­pers and cour­gettes will ap­pre­ci­ate a weekly feed of liq­uid tomato food or a flower and fruit fer­tiliser.

Watch for mildew

When pow­dery mildew ap­pears on your an­nu­als, cour­gettes and other plants, give them a spray with a mix of 5g bi­car­bon­ate of soda in 600ml of wa­ter.

Get dead-head­ing

Don’t let dead-head­ing be a tire­some task. Spend a warm lazy af­ter­noon do­ing it, and you’ll be re­warded with plants that make an ex­tra ef­fort.

Wa­ter your plants

Wa­ter and feed all your con­tainer plants be­fore Christ­mas to see them through the break. If you’re go­ing to be away for a few days, or­gan­ise wa­ter­ing — even an up­ended plas­tic bot­tle will do the trick.

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