Colin gets enthusiastic about gardening despite dodging the showers. Find out how to stay as cool as a cucumber, plant plump tomatoes, learn about the herb hebe and some top tips for luscious lettuce!
Summer still is here in all its glory, even though the rain still crashes down most days.
Although the ground is wet, gardening in the great outdoors is still a real pleasure even though we are having to dodge the showers.
At this time of the year most of the glasshouse crops are growing like mad especially tomatoes and cucumbers so keep them going for as long as you can by feeding and watering.
On warmer days, make sure the vents are open to allow fresh air through to keep the dreaded fungal diseases at bay.
Soon, I will be giving you tips on how to make the glasshouse look it's best once summer is over and plant crops to supply you with some winter produce and colour, but don't panic as summer has still a good few weeks to run yet.
Hebe is easy to grow and will do well in most soils especially if they are given plenty of organic matter. Prune after flowering to keep the growth compact and under control, and this colourful plant will give your borders that extra something.
1: Clear away debris and old leaves from under clematis and earth up the crown with compost to prevent clematis wilt getting a hold. Clematis should always be fed during summer and should not be allowed to dry out.
2: Continue to sow lettuce under polythene cloches , greenhouse or in the open ground and if you do this then you can at least get a couple of crops before autumn sets in, although, during the latter part of the year, winter varieties can still be grown. Also, radishes will make rapid growth if sown now, so get cracking and extend the season.
3: Lawns can be given another summer feed, however, try to do the job on dry days as very wet weather will dilute the feed and reduce the growth. Keep cutting as much as you can to strengthen up the crowns which will get the lawns through the winter months and into spring without checking the growth.
last updated: 31/07/2009 at 16:15
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