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The flower garden

Prune shrubs such as weigela, deutzia and ceanothus after flowering.

Pick off dead flower heads of rhododendrons, lilacs and azaleas.

Dead head roses unless they are valued for their autumn hips. Pick off any diseased leaves.

Trim early flowering alpines to keep them in shape.

Feed baskets and pots each week.

Keep picking sweet peas to keep them flowering.

Peg down shoots of honey suckle, clematis and golden hop to encourage new growth.

The kitchen garden

Harvest raspberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries.

Watch out for potato blight and cabbage white butterflies laying eggs.

Pick off damaged or deformed fruits on apple, plum and pear trees.

Regularly harvest courgettes and beans to keep plants fruiting.

The greenhouse

Boost tomatoes with liquid feed.

The pond

Keep an eye on pond levels and top up with rain water if required.


Set up earwig traps using upturned plant pots filled with straw.

Set slug traps using plastic bottles.


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