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THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
Now is the time to start harvesting strawberries and early potatoes. Sow runner beans in deeply dug and well fertilised ground at the base of 6ft tall supports and plant out tender outdoor crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Also thin out carrot and salad crop sowings. You can find out more here www.bbc.co.uk You can find out how at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
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THE FLOWER GARDEN
Plant out summer bedding and seedlings after hoeing the borders to reduce weeds. Cut the lawns at least once a week. Tie in sweet peas and remove deadheads and tendrils for better flower quality. Take softwood cuttings of pelagoniums and fuschias. Cut down any remaining spring flowering bulb shoots. Regularly train and tie in climbing roses. Cut back old leaves and flower stalks of helibores. Deadhead camelias and rhododendrons to increase the bud yield for next year.You can find out how at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
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WEED CONTROL
Bindweed is a climber with twining stems and white trumpetlike flowers and can smother perennials, shrubs and hedges. The most effective solution is to keep digging out the roots combined with painting glyphosphate weedkiller onto the leaves. Ground elder is also a highly invasive weed with dark green leaves and flat white flower heads appearing in the summer. It spreads just under the surface by whitish fleshy underground stems. Again the best treatment is to dig out the roots and treat repeatedly with glyphoshphate.It is more economical to buy home gardening weedkillers like glyphosphate in a liquid concentrate or powder form and dilute it yourself. Use an old paintbrush in dense flowerbeads to ensure the liquid only gets on the weeds. Use a hand sprayer or watering can for larger areas but be careful not to let the spray drift onto nearby wanted plants. Don't reuse the watering can or sprayer for other things and keep the liquid off your skin.You can find out more here www.RHS.org.uk