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 relatively expensive plants such as Buxus.
■ TAKE cuttings from tender plants to over-winter indoors.
■ PINCH out tomato shoots. Feed
tomatoes, peppers and cucumber with high-potash fertiliser once the fruits form.
■ CHECK for cabbage white butterfly eggs under cabbage leaves and remove.
■ SOW any spring cabbage, turnips, fennel, and autumn/ winter salads.
■ CHERRY, plum and peach trees can be pruned now – this is a job you can’t do in winter as there is a risk of silver leaf disease.
■ STOP climbing beans when they reach the tops of their stakes so they divert energy to cropping on side shoots. Remember to keep them and all other vegetables sufficiently watered.
■ MISSED the potato-planting season? You can get cold-stored tubers which can be planted now and will mature for Christmas. These are best planted in bags or containers that can be brought indoors to a greenhouse before first frosts.
Prune cherry, plum and peach trees now
Check for white butterfly eggs on cabbage leaves