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Some handy tips for the month ahead...

Grow Your Own

Peg Down Strawberry Runners For More Plants Or Remove For More Fruits

• Continue to peg down strawberry runners if new plants are needed.
• Leave the runner connected to the main plant until it shows signs of growth.
• Once rooted the runner can then be cut and your new plant potted on. By doing this you will reduce the energy resource available to the mother plant and subsequently reduce yields from it.
• If you want bigger crops this year then remove runners by cutting close to the main plant and discard them.

Cut Down Summer-Fruiting Raspberry Canes To Promote New Growth

• When summer-fruiting raspberries have finished cropping, cut out the old fruiting canes to ground level.
• As new growth is produced tie it in to the supports as these will bear your next crops.
• Don't prune autumn-flowering raspberries; this is done in late winter.

Summer Prune Your Fruit Trees For Healthy, Heavy Fruiting Specimens

Later in the month summer pruning of restricted apples and pears (such as cordons, espaliers, pyramids) can begin.

In northern regions delay this until August. Cherries and plums can be summer pruned after cropping.

• Any branches growing out away from the wall should be removed entirely.
• Pinching out tender shoot tips, plus any sideshoots coming from the main stems, will prevent the trees from putting on too much leafy growth.

For wall-trained sweet cherries;

• Cut back shoots to remove about half of this year's new growth, removing any overcrowded or unhealthy looking stems at the same time.

For wall-trained 'Morello' and acid cherries;

• Prune out entirely any fruited shoots, removing all of this year's new growth.
• Be careful not to remove any un-fruited new shoots, as these will produce fruit next year. Instead, tie them in so that they are easy to pick.

If you need replacement shoots for bare areas of an established tree, or if you are forming a new tree;

• Select and retain one or two strong shoots at the base of the bare area, to train into these areas.
• Selecting two suitable shoots means you have some insurance in case the first shoot becomes damaged.

Flower Power

Fill Gaps In The Border Or Patio Pots With Summer Flowering Perennials

If you have gaps in your beds and borders, now is a good time to plug them with summer perennials.

• Treat both you and your garden to some instant colour from summer-flowering herbaceous plants and seasonal bedding - there's lots to chose from.
• If your patio is looking tired or uninspiring, pop in some large containers such as our 30 litre pots for instant impact.

Good Housekeeping

Give Your Plants A Good Soak During Dry Weather

It's not necessary to regularly water all the plants in your garden, but all recently planted ones, especially bedding, will appreciate a good soak every 7 to 14 days during dry weather to aid rapid growth and good flowering.

• Watering little and often encourages surface rooting and makes the plants more susceptible to drought.
• Try installing a mini irrigation system to make watering your plants easier than ever before. They save time and money while keeping your plants watered at the optimum rate. Perfect for hanging baskets, beds and borders.

Don’t Forget To Feed For More Flowers

• Feed flowering tubs, baskets and other containers with a high potash liquid fertiliser, such as tomato feed, every week unless you added a controlled-release fertiliser to the compost. Even then a liquid tonic will produce extra flowering results.
• Containers based on foliage plants would benefit from a balanced feed, such as Growmore.

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