In the Garden

 

There's always something to do in the garden - especially if you have ambitions to show your produce at the next Village Show. Here Show Chairman Roy Halsey offers some advice on what jobs you can be getting on with - weather permitting of course!

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August

In the flower garden:

  • This is the month to prune hedges and topiary
  • Trim lavender, you will get another lot of flowers
  • Dead-head roses, take the stem back approximately 14 inches
  • Keep camellias well watered if we get dry weather
  • Prune rambling roses after they have flowered. Rambling roses only have one flush of flowers during June / July. Climbing roses repeat flowering all summer and may be pruned in either October or the following March
  • Start bulbs for Christmas, prepared hyacinths will be sold soon. Non-prepared bulbs will not flower until next March / April
  • Order spring bulbs such as daffodils to be planted in September

In the fruit and vegetable garden:

  • August is the month to start pruning apples, plum and pear trees. Summer pruning will help the production of fruiting spurs on which fruit will grow next year! Take action now against pests and / or diseases. If foliage starts turning pale or yellow give the tree a soaking with liquid feed, such as Phostrogen
  • Check sweet corn for ripeness. Do not allow the cobs to become too old and starchy
  • Continue sowing lettuce, especially the cut-and-come-again leaf type. Also radish and winter spinach
  • You can also plant another row of dwarf beans - they take approximately 12 weeks to harvest from sowing