Let's Garden, gardening tips
Plants take advantage of the blazing August sun in this hot month in the garden. For maximal flowering, don't forget to remove the wilted flowers from your plants. Treat against greenfly and other diseases like powdery mildew, rust (fungus) and black stains.
If the fine weather settles in, drought is not far away ! Banks should be watered regularly, as well as lawns and plants in window boxes on the balcony. If you head off on holiday, put your potted plants in the shade and put a good measure of humid peat at the foot of plants so that they don't suffer in your absence.
Vegetables like courgettes, tomatoes, beans, onions, radish, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, etc. are at their peak. Figs, oranges, pears and prunes can be picked in the orchard. If trees are overburdened with fruit, remove as much mature fruit as possible. Those which you leave to mature on the tree will be even better.
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