for the week of
September 9th 2009
- Clip hedges, including box, laurel and beech
- Prune shrubs cutting out dead, diseased, dying or crossing branches
- Check the readiness of fruit and vegetables. Apples and Pears should be gently lifted with the hand, if the stalk remains on the fruit but parts easily from the tree, it is ready to be picked.
- Tidy and cut back perennials.
- Sweetcorn should be ripe enough to harvest. Pick when they are a pale creamy colour. However corn on the cob deteriorates quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible after picking.
- Make sure that ponds are topped up, if you need to top up your pond check the PH and nitrogen levels of the water afterwards.
- If your tomato plants have been affected by blight, clear the plants and burn them, adding them to the compost heap will not kill the spores.
- Lift marrows, pumpkins and squashes off the ground in order to keep them clean and reduce slug damage.
- Continue to collect and store seeds from plants, for sowing next year. Store any collected seed in paper envelopes or bags, then put them in an air-tight container.
- Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
- Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.