Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR HOME -

■ 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

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