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Fruit and veg job checklist

28 - 3 August 2014

It's time to...

  • Shorten sideshoots growing from the framework of espalier, fan and cordon-trained fruit trees back to about five leaves from their base
  • Pick fresh herbs for drying
  • Pick gooseberries, currants, strawberries and other fruits as they ripen
  • Support heavily laden branches on plums, apples and pears with wooden props
  • Water fruit to increase yields then cover the soil with a mulch, such as grass cuttings, to conserve the moisture
  • Water strawberry runners, cutting them from the parent plant when well rooted
  • Sow dwarf French beans for a late crop
  • Prune out fruited canes of raspberries
  • Spray gooseberries against sawfly attack and to prevent powdery mildew
  • Sow vegetables such as endive, lettuces and salad leaves, rocket, beetroot, radishes, spring cabbages, kohl rabi, Swiss chard, winter spinach, Oriental greens, chicory

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