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IN THE GARDEN


with Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden Design


August/September


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Connue to dead head hardy herbaceous plants and cut off tall weak stems. Connue to feed and water sweet peas. Do not allow seed pods to form. August is the best month for planng corms of the hardy Cyclamen coum.


Keep an eye open for flowering weeds such as willow‐herb, ragwort and dandelion. Do not let them seed.


Any hardy geraniums that have finished flowering can be given a haircut with the shears. This may encourage another show of flowers. Sow seed of spring cabbage and leuce for early winter use.


Pick sweet corn cobs as soon as the seeds exude ‘milk’ when pressed with your finger nail.


If you have bare patches in the lawn, cut out the area of turf, fill with sieved soil and firm gently. Sow seed at a rate of about 2oz per square yard.


If mare’s‐tail is a problem, crush the stems before applying glyphosate weed killer.


Connue to feed dahlias to ensure a good supply of flower unl the first frost.


Do not forget to feed the fish in your pond, in order to build up their reserves for the winter.


Remove the foliage off beans and peas when they have finished cropping, but leave the roots in the ground. They will add nitrogen to the soil.


Spring bulbs can be planted in the garden now, except for tulips. On average, plant bulbs at least twice their own depth. Try something different from the usual, such as Alliums and Camassia.


Give hedges their final cut. New evergreen hedges can be planted from about mid‐month.


Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden Design, Lymington is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Solent’s ‘The Good Life’


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