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Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips For August & September

• Trim your hedges midsummer new growth can make them look untidy now.

• Cut back your strawberries if you don’t want the runners to create new plants.

• Keep harvesting

your vegetables. You can still sow oriental greens, spring onions, salad leaves and beetroot.

• Collect seed from garden plants.

• Keep your ponds topped up.

• Feed your soil with green manure.

Have a Go!

Collecting plant seeds ready for next season is a reasonably easy job if you know what you’re doing. Collect ripe seed on a dry day when you can see the seed heads have changed colour from green to brown, black or red. You need to collect them before they open and shed their contents. Lay them out to dry in a warm place such as a windowsill or greenhouse. Once dry,

gently crush the pods and release the seeds. Store in paper packets or envelopes in an airtight container.

Top Tip 

Most seed germinates best if sown as soon as it ripens, whereas seed harvested while immature will not germinate.

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