Seasonal Tips - Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

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Cut back asparagus foliage

“Cut Back Asparagus Foliage And Prepare New Beds”

It's time to cut down asparagus foliage when it turns brown. Take care of the spines, and give the bed a good mulch afterwards with well-rotted manure or garden compost.

Now's a good time to prepare new asparagus beds, adding plenty of well-rotted manure or compost and grit if your soil is poorly drained (heavy clay, for instance).

“Wait For Blackcurrant Leaves To Fall Before Pruning”

Blackcurrants are often pruned this month after harvesting, but it may be better to wait until the leaves have fallen, and to prune the plants while dormant during the winter.

Cut out all the dark wood that carried fruit this year, leaving as much of the pale honey-coloured shoots, which will carry fruit next year.

Blackcurrent leaves

New Plants

“Now’s The Perfect Time To Order And Plant New Fruit Trees, Bushes And Canes”

New trees can be planted once the autumn sets in and the dry weather is over.

The soil will still be quite warm in September even if the weather is cool, and the roots of new plants will benefit from this. This is particularly important for peaches and nectarines. Other fruit trees may have a higher tolerance of cold at the roots, and can be planted later.

Make sure the soil is well prepared with 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.
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.