WHAT TO DO THIS MONTH
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