On the Vegetable patch
- Reduce water loss: do this by mulching and hoeing.
- Sow the final seeds: turnips, beetroot, carrots, spring carrots and radishes can all still be sown.
- Plant out: broccoli, cabbages and leeks can all be planted into firm soil now.
- Tomatoes: pinch out side shoots and feed with Tomorite once a week.
- Aubergines: remove growing tips after there are 5 fruits on the plant.
- Courgettes: remove the growing tip and pick young fruit regularly to allow more fruits to grow.
- Runner beans: harvest beans regularly to stop them from becoming stringy and to allow new beans to develop.
- Check plants often for diseases, blackfly & butterfly eggs and remove anything you find including dead foliage.
- Watering: give the plants a good soaking in dry spells. Especially those with swelling fruit such as apples.
- Net! Net around fruit plants so that the birds don’t steal all of your harvest.
- Thin fruit trees; this will help to produce a larger yield.
- Feed any fruit plants in containers with a high potash feed such as Tomorite.
- Prune; apricot, peach, plum, cherry and blackcurrant plants can be pruned once you have taken your harvest.
Cherries hanging on a cherry tree branch.