It’s time to get your plants out­side

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR HOME -

■ Un­less frost is fore­cast, there are a num­ber of jobs you can get on with. Your pots and hang­ing bas­kets can go out­side per­ma­nently if you have been grad­u­ally ac­cli­ma­tis­ing them to out­side con­di­tions in the last few weeks. If not, start to leave them out­side dur­ing the day so they can ad­just grad­u­ally.

■ You can plant ten­der plants such as can­nas and dahlias out­side and sow ten­der an­nu­als out­doors too. It’s sum­mer bed­ding time so if you fancy some colour, plant some pelargo­ni­ums, be­go­nias, lo­belias and an­tir­rhinums into your pots and beds.

■ In the veg gar­den, you can sow seeds directly out­doors that had to be done in­doors un­til now such as pump­kins, cour­gettes, squash, French beans and sweet­corn. If you haven’t planted pota­toes yet, get them in this month.

■ Earth up potato plants – draw soil up to stem to cre­ate ridges of soil.

■ Keep suc­ces­sional sow­ing of quick to crop veg­eta­bles such as salad, beet­root and radish.

■ Lightly hoe borders to re­move weed seedlings.

■ Open vents and doors in glasshouse­s on warm days to im­prove air cir­cu­la­tion.

■ Over­crowded spring bulbs can be lifted and di­vided once they start to die down.

■ Hang pheromone traps in ap­ple trees to re­duce codling moth dam­age to your fruit.

Dahlias can be planted out­side now

Sow seeds directly in the veg­etable patch

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