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Living: In The Garden - 20 Jobs For The Week.

Byline: Howard Drury

1 Keep the hoe going between bedding plants during any dry spells.

2 Pick off rotting leaves from all plants around the garden following the recent heavy rains.

3 Many plants will require support and tying because they are now making very rapid growth. These include herbaceous, climbers and wall shrubs.

4 You'll find plenty of Irish cuttings (plants that have rooted themselves during the recent wet weather) that can be potted up, from alpines to shrubs.

5 Spray cucumbers in greenhouses against mildew.

6 Continue to pick soft fruit and peg down good strawberry runners to make new plants.

7 Tie up, feed and spray cut flower crops such as Dahlias and Chrysanthemums against pests if necessary.

8 Carefully remove the foliage from spring flowering bulbs as they die back but avoid cutting off if possible.

9 Thin out and transplant seedlings of wallflowers and any other herbaceous perennials.

10 Hydrangeas can be treated with colorant where blue flowers have reverted to pink due to the soil type.

11 Layer Carnations and Pinks or take cuttings.

12 Roses should be dead-headed and sprayed against mildew with a fungicide. It's also the time of year to bud roses onto proper rootstocks.

13 Apples may need thinning but most fruit will need spraying against mildew. Cordon and other trained apples can gradually be summer pruned over the next few weeks.

14 Grapes should be thinned and blackcurrants will benefit from a high nitrogen feed.

15 Spray brassicas against cabbage white butterflies and apply a fungicide and insecticide to celery to stave off celery fly and leaf spot.

Spray potatoes against potato blight.

16 Yuccas, Cordylines and Crotons can all be propagated by air layering. African Violets can be propagated by leaf stalk cuttings.

17 Do not overwater plants in the greenhouse during dull weather but respond quickly to the short sunny spells by watering before plants wilt.

18 Spray around the garden against mildew, especially Michaelmas Daisies, Cucumbers, Spireas, Roses, Crab Apples and fruiting apples. Any systemic fungicide can be used but never in bright sunshine.

19 Indoor grapes will require a final thinning and stopping at one bud beyond each leaf above the fruiting trusses. Outdoor grapes will require their first thinning and new growths tying in.

20 Caterpillars are rampant at this time of the year. Either pick them off by hand and destroy or spray with insecticide. Remember many caterpillars hide during the day but can quickly devour plants, leaving owners blaming slugs.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2001
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