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Fruit and veg

  • Check crops such as runner beans regularly for aphids, and rub or wash them off straight away, before they multiply 
  • Water thirsty plants such as celery, beans, peas, courgettes, pumpkins and tomatoes regularly
  • Make the last pickings of rhubarb and remove any flower spikes that start to form, cutting right down at the base
  • Thin out heavy crops of apples, pears and plums, and remove any malformed, damaged or undersized fruits
  • Prune plum trees in dry weather, when silver leaf fungal disease is less prevalent
  • Sow a last batch of peas and dwarf beans before mid-July for an autumn crop
  • Shorten sideshoots growing from the framework of trained fruit trees, reducing to about five leaves from their base
  • Water fruit trees and bushes, then lay a thick mulch of garden compost around their base to hold in moisture
  • Cover brassicas with fine netting to prevent cabbage white butterflies laying their eggs on the leaves
  • Peg down strawberry runners into pots of compost to root new plants
  • Pick courgettes regularly so they don't turn into marrows
  • Sow small batches of fast-maturing salad leaves, rocket and radishes every few weeks for continuous pickings
  • Cut down broad beans after harvesting, but leave the roots in the soil to release nitrogen as they decompose

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Find a lovely range of outdoor lighting - including solar and battery powered fairly-lights - to add atmosphere to your garden for some summer-evening al fresco dining.

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Join us for an exclusive event day at the wonderful Bowood House on Wednesday 19 September, 2018. Adam Frost will give a talk on his gardening life and present a Bulb Masterclass, plus enjoy a two-course lunch and garden tour.

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Save 15 per cent across everything at Sarah Raven this Chelsea Flower Show week. Browse an extensive collection beautiful plants and create your own show garden at home.

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