September 28, 2007 Weekly Garden Guide

Start forcing kumaras by giving them a bit of bottom heat or by putting them in a box with moist straw or sawdust in a warm place to get an accelerated start when you plant them out in a few weeks time.

  • Dwarf beans can have their first sowing of the season now.
  • Garden centres are full of young tomato plants and in warm areas you can plant them out now in a warm, sunny, sheltered spot.
  • Stake broad beans as they will grow very quickly now. The same goes for clematis.
  • Roses are all in full growth now so you can fertilise them and mulch them. Those who keep their roses beautiful by applying regular sprays will want to keep a close eye on any signs of black spot, aphids and the multitude of other greeblies and nasties that most roses are susceptible to.
  • Mowing the lawn with a mulcher mower improves lawn health, rather than constantly removing the clippings. Farmers know you can not repeatedly cut hay without heavy fertilising and the same principle applies to lawns.
  • Give deciduous fruit trees a copper spray as they burst into growth. This is the most important spray of the year for them.