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Carry on planting.

MIDSUMMER is not normally considered a good time for planting trees, shrubs and hedges, but this year we can tear up the rule book.

The soil is usually dust dry, and hot sunny weather greatly increases the rate at which plants transpire, and causes their death.

Despite it being a miserable summer for humans, it's perfect for planting. The soil is warm and moist and regular rainfall reduces the need for watering to establish plants.

They're normally autumnal conditions, and it's widely regarded as the best time for planting hardy trees and shrubs. It will also give plants a chance to establish well before the onset of winter, giving them a much better chance of survival if we get a severe winter.

Bedding plants have suffered badly with the incessant rain. Dead heading needs to be done regularly to prevent flowers from rotting on the plant.

This can cause Botrytis or Grey Mould to spread and infect leaves and stems, which can even lead to the death of the plant. Garden Centres have colourful plants all year round, so replanting can occur at almost any time, if necessary. There are lots of bargains to be had with many growers struggling to sell their crops.

Successional planting is nothing unusual in the vegetable garden, but warm moist soil provides optimal growth conditions and Summer sown crops mature much faster than Spring sown crops; planting of peas, beans, calabrese, cabbage, spinach, leeks etc can still take place as well as the usual successional quick growing salad crops.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2012
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