Your lawn must have suffered this summer with all that dry weather particularly if you live in the southeast, so watering is probably vital to a decent lawn now when dry periods of several days are in the offing. The trick with lawn watering is that whenever you do the job you give the area a jolly good soak once a week instead of wetting just the surface regularly. Getting at least 2cm of water onto a lawn will ensure the deeper grass roots are watered and if done weekly this will ensure a healthy lawn all summer. The Miracle-Gro Liquafeed system will supply you with an efficient hose-end watering device and at the same time allow you to feed your lawn as you water. The concentrated liquid plant food is diluted automatically through the flow of water so that your lawn benefits and turns greener in just a few days. This is really the easiest way to ensure your lawn is lush and healthy throughout the summer when others are parched and brown through lack of water and nutrients. It`s best not to use granular fertilizers in dry weather.
New potatoes such as Swift and Maris Bard should be ready for an early harvest at the end of this month where they will provide a really tasty crop for a Sunday treat. Decide on your harvesting technique depending on whether you need the space to sow seeds or plant out seedlings of other vegetables. If you don’t need the space you can use your fingers to gently work away in the soil to find potatoes that are big enough to eat, leaving the plant to set others to be harvested at a later date. If you’ve grown them in bags or potato tubs, grovel down into the compost and just pull out enough for dinner. Keep the remainder of the plantings moist which will give them a chance to grow on as well.
If you have dug some of your potatoes early and cleared some ground you will have the space to plant out seedlings of leeks or enough space to sow seeds of carrots, beetroot and peas for a late autumn harvest. Sow quick maturing varieties of carrots such as Early Nantes or Rondo and early peas such as Kelvedon Wonder. Your leek seedlings should be about pencil width and about 20cm (8”) tall. Big enough to transplant to a position where they are to mature. If the ground is dry, water the day before planting and then dress with a fertiliser such as Gromore granules. To create leeks that have extra white stems make 15cm deep holes with a dibber and drop the roots into the hole. Water well to settle soil around the roots and leave the hole open for any further watering that may be required. Spacing of plants should be 15cm (6”) between plants and 30cm (1ft) between rows.
The great spring weather encouraged a massive set of plums and other fruits so we can all expect bumper crops this summer. The June drop will come early if it hasn`t already and this will thin out the heavy set of fruit, although you may need to support the branches if there are lots of fruitlets still on the tree. The branches of plum trees are particularly brittle, but can be tied to an upright stem to help bear the weight. Pheremone traps set into the tree in late June will indicate when the adult plum moth is active and ready to lay its eggs on your fruit. Trapping the adults will reduce infection, but you can also spray with BugClear Gun! for Fruit & Veg that will help control the newly-hatched pink caterpillars if you spray at the right time.