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Watering & Wellies

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Get yourself a water butt. August is usually one of the hottest months of the year and if you’re having a dry summer water will be a necessity to keep your garden at its best.

Using repurposed water from the rain or bath water is a great way to keep your garden hydrated. Some plants really benefit from rainwater too as it’s slightly acidic so those plants that like ericaceous soil will really thrive with your thrifty methods!

TOP TIP

If you have too many tomatoes to know what to do with, and some of these haven’t yet ripened, don’t throw the green ones away. Pluck them from the plant and make a delicious chutney instead!

JOBS FOR AUGUST

• Water regularly – try to water either early morning or evenings to avoid the height of the sun.
• Keep harvesting any courgettes!
• Cut back your strawberry plants once they have finished fruiting to prevent them spreading (unless you wish to create new plants). Take out any weeds and remove the straw mulch and make sure that any netting you’ve used is packed away so that birds don’t get caught up in it. • Keep any ponds or water features topped up.
• Use old CD’s on bits of string to keep birds away from your precious crops of fruit.
• Open vents and doors of your greenhouse during hot days.

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