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Mix scrunched up news­pa­per when emp­ty­ing the mower into the com­post heap. The pa­per stops clip­pings from clump­ing to­gether, in­creas­ing the speed that they rot down.

Trim the spent early cot­tage gar­den flow­ers such as cranes­bill gera­ni­ums and lupins that have gone to seed. Then water and they’ll bounce back with new leaves and of­ten more flow­ers. Dead­head spent roses, sweet peas and pen­ste­mons to en­cour­age new flow­ers to form. Prune wis­te­ria, trim­ming the long whippy side-shoots to

20cm (five leaves) from where they meet the main stem.

On the veg plot train cu­cum­ber stems up string or wig­wam sup­ports, and re­move the first fruit from cour­gettes and aubergines. This will feel coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but stim­u­lates faster growth and a suc­ces­sion of fruit through the sum­mer.

Pinch out side-shoots from cor­don toma­toes – they’re the ones trained to canes – and re­move yel­low­ing leaves from their base. Ap­ply a weekly liq­uid feed to toma­toes, pep­pers and aubergines. Stop har­vest­ing rhubarb, then mulch the crowns with ma­nure or com­post and water well. A lit­tle TLC now boosts re­serves for next year’s har­vest.

Train cu­cum­ber stems up string or wig­wam sup­ports

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