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■ THERE’S plenty to har­vest – grab cour­gettes be­fore they turn to mar­rows, sec­ond ear­lies and main­crop potatoes if the fo­liage is yel­low­ing. French and run­ner beans can be cropped, and onions, shal­lots and gar­lic are ready to dig up when fo­liage turns yel­low.

■ GO­ING on hol­i­day? Move pots into shady po­si­tions and ask a neigh­bour to wa­ter them.

■ CHECK for cab­bage white but­ter­fly eggs and re­move. Do the same with black­fly on broad beans and aphids ev­ery­where.

■ SPOT-TREAT lawn weeds or pull out by hand.

■ IF laven­der is go­ing over, trim it to stop it get­ting leggy.

■ CUT back peren­ni­als that are fin­ished and dead­head your bed­ding plants.

■ PRE­VENT dis­ease by removing rose leaves with black spot and fallen dis­eased ap­ples or pears.

■ IF YOU are grow­ing fruit in con­tain­ers, give them a high po­tash liq­uid feed.

■ TAKE leaf cut­tings from Be­go­nia rex, African vi­o­lets, cape prim­roses, cras­sula and kalan­choe.

Now’s the time to take leaf cut­tings from your prim­roses

Onions are ready to be dug up now

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