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THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
Continue to pick fast maturing vegetables such as beans and courgettes to encourage further cropping. Prune fruited canes of summer raspberries back to ground level to encourage vigoruous growth next year. Remove apples, pears and plums affected by brown rot. It is not too late to sow some hardier vegetable crops for autumn and winter harvests, such as kale, swiss chard, spinach beet and chicory. You can find out how at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
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SUMMER BEDDING
Move you houseplants to a shady area and give them a spell outside standing them on wet gravel especially if you're going on holiday. Treat container plants for vine weevil grubs in August and September when they are most active. Plant Buddleia and Echinops to encourage butterflies to help with pollination. Now is the time to plant autumn bulbs such as colchium, saffron crocus and nerine. Thin and shorten rambling roses after them have finished flowering and give your hedges a final treat to keep them neat and tidy during autumn and winter. You can find out more here www.RHS.org.uk You can find out how at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk