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In our experience, late July and August is when plants really start to suffer if they are low on food.

All the spring and summer flowering annual plants that we produce have a 6 month slow release fertilizer incorporated in the compost. Unfortunately daily watering and periods of hot weather really effect how much nutrient is washed away and how much can be physically absorbed by the plants. For this reason we liquid feed all of our plants to maintain optimum health and longevity. This is repeated about every 2 weeks.

Feeds such as Miracle grow or Phostrogen are easy to mix with water and apply, and being water soluble they are absorbed by the plants almost immediately.

The only point worth bearing in mind when feeding plants, is that some plants are late flowering and for these, providing too much food can delay the flowering period. If you are unsure, look to see if the plants have buds or check any reference books. Failing this, just post a question on our facebook pages and we will get back to you.

 

--> Plants to feed: 

- All hanging baskets and troughs

- Patio pots

- Houseplants

- Any tomatoes/cucumbers (make sure they have flowered first)

- Roses - pick off any leaves with black spots at the same time, this is 'Black Spot' and will spread to other roses.

 

Weeds, sadly, are like the anti matter of the garden, and unfortunately 'what’s good for the goose' and all that, means that If you have been diligently watering and feeding your plants you are very likely to have an equally impressive collection of weeds.

The main problem with weeds is that often they have a very short life cycle, and what this means for you and me is that they reproduce much faster than cultivated plants and out compete them for food, water and light. These sorts of weeds are called ephemeral and have a life cycle between 6 and 8 weeks which makes keeping them under control that bit more challenging!

Whilst you can spray weeds with herbicides like Roundup or Pathclear, this is really only an option in open spaces where there is no risk of overspray or spray drift.  In the confines of borders and even containers, manual weeding is really the only option.

 

- Wear a pair of marigold gloves, as you can easily grip and won't get stung/prickled...

- Shake off any lose soil from the roots

- Ensure you remove ALL of the roots

- Leave small weeds to wilt in the sun

- Dispose of the larger waste on a compost heap. If plants have gone to seed, you really need to get rid of them altogether    rather than introduce loads of seeds in to your compost bin. It is best to take weeds like these to the local amenity tip.

 

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