Gardeners Diary for the week of August 1st 2010


  • Collect and dispose of wind-fall fruit. Leaving them on the ground encourages pests and can damage your lawn.
  • Propagate celamatis, honeysuckle and wisteria plants by layering.
  • Propagate hibiscus, lavender and rhododendron plants by taking semi-ripe cuttings.
  • Tie tomato stems to canes or stakes to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the plant.
  • Continue to collect and store seeds from plants, for sowing next year. Store any collected seed in paper envelopes or bags, then put them in an air-tight container.
  • Remove weak growth from autumn fruiting raspberries.
  • Grass will need less frequent mowing in prolonged dry weather. If very dry, remove the grass collecting box and let the cuttings stay on the ground to conserve soil moisture.
  • Prepare the garden now if you are going on holiday. Water all shrubs well, including roses and climbers, then lay 2-3in thick mulch on top of the soil around their roots to keep the roots cool.
  • Take cuttings of shrubs: senecio, lavender, sage, rosemary, fuchsia, hebe, daphne, cistus, choisya and azalea.
  • Prune wisteria by shortening the whippy lateral shoots to about six buds from the main stems.
  • If the your grass has grown long while you have been on holiday, give it a cut with the blade set quite high and then lower a few days later, this reduces the chance of the grass going into shock and allowing weeds to get established
  • If you are going on holiday either get a neighbour to water your house plants, hanging baskets and patio planters, alternatively put all of your plants including house plants on the patio or lawn, put the lawn sprinkler between them and connect the hose to an outside tap using a water timer (set the timer to come on twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening – 10 minutes each time should be sufficient). Test the settings before you go away.
  • Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
  • Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.
  • Ensure that soil in hanging baskets and patio planters is kept moist. Remove fading and dead flower heads from plants, this will encourage new flowers. Feed hanging baskets and planters weekly with liquid fertiliser if a slow release fertiliser was not added when planting the basket.
  • Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
  • Continually nip out side shoots from upright tomato plants. These reduce the amount of food available to fruit baring branches. Nip out the growing tip after the plant has produced 4-5 fruiting trusses.
  • Regularly water trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. Their roots won’t have had a chance to fully develop yet.
  • Cut grass weekly, long grass takes more nutrients out of the soil. It is also harder to cut and may leave yellow patches in the lawn.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives

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