Fiann’s tips for the weekend

* Be on alert for potato and tomato blight
* Shading is on the agenda, not just the greenhouse but in the garden where crops may scorch. 

Particular attention to summer cauliflowers and their easily scorched curds. In the greenhouse the thrifty utilisation of greaseproof paper/kitchen parchment and some water as glue can be enough but you may have to think of a shading wash, if humidity is high enough to unpeel your work.

It’s a hard one but the recommended practice is to remove all fruitlets from apple, pear and plum trees that were planted in the last year – the aim is to allow them to develop roots and a good branch structure. With apples and plum tress more than two years planted, the consensus is to thin back fruits to 3 or 4 per cluster – the aim is to have bigger fruit. The june drop may have done it for you.

While Bush tomatoes can pretty much be left to their own devices, in order to ripen all the fruits of cordon tomatoes you will need to stop them; this is simply a haircut above the fourth truss (fruit set).

Pinch out the tops of broad beans – it helps decrease blackfly and allows lower pods set.


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