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Fruit and veg job checklist

11 - 17 July 2016

It's time to...

  • Pick gooseberries when ripe. If they're still very green, small and hard, leave them a bit longer. Some varieties turn red or white as they ripen
  • Prune bay trees to keep them in shape
  • Spray apples and gooseberries with a fungicide to protect against mildew
  • Lift early potatoes
  • Pick mangetout peas and beans
  • Spray gooseberries to prevent sawfly attack
  • Sow an autumn crop of peas before mid-July
  • Tie in new growth on cordon-trained tomatoes and pinch out sideshoots. Bush varieties can be left to scramble over the soil
  • Water runner beans, celery, marrows, courgettes and salads
  • Sow seeds of salad leaves, beetroot, radishes, spring cabbages, kohl rabi, Swiss chard, spinach, Oriental greens, chicory, swede and turnips for green tops

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