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Pot Up Your Tomatoes For Strong Healthy Plants This Summer!
Pot up tomato and other seedlings when they develop true leaves above the more rounded seed leaves into small pots.
Carefully lift them from the compost with a dibber or similar, holding the plants by the leaves rather than the stem as this can be easily damaged. After transplanting, water in well and grow on at a minimum temperature of 15C (60F).
Tomatoes can be planted into larger pots on the patio or growing-bags once the first truss of flowers has set.
Now Your Potatoes Can Be Planted Out
If you've been busy 'chitting' potatoes over the last month, well now you can plant out early varieties in the first half of the month and maincrop potatoes in the second..
Make sure the 'chits' are strong and healthy - at least 3 or 4 should be 2-3cm in length. Potatoes can be planted in deep drills or in individual planting holes, with 5-7.5cm (2-3in) of soil on top. An easy to maintain option is to use our potato grow pods so you can tend to them on a patio or balcony - they can be easily moved around by their grab handles and re-used every year!
How To Get An Early Crop Of Strawberries!
Place cloches or fleece over outdoor strawberry plants to force an early crop. During the warmest part of the day, make sure insects can get at the flowers to pollinate them.
High potassium feeds such as Sulphate of Potash will help encourage flowers and fruit giving you larger crops to enjoy.
Now Is The Last Chance To Plant Fruit Trees!!!
Container-grown fruit can still be planted this month but make sure the soil is well prepared before planting.
Dig in plenty of organic matter, such as well-rotted manure, compost, composted bark or tree planting compost. Mix in more organic matter with the soil dug out from the planting hole.
Always plant at the same depth that the plant was originally growing and firm the soil around the roots. Trees will need to be staked with a good tree stake and secured with two tree ties. Water in well and water in dry weather, as the plants won't have much time to establish before the summer.
After planting, mulch the soil around fruit trees and bushes with a 5-7.5cm (2-3in) thick layer of organic matter to help keep weeds down and maintain soil moisture levels in summer.