GARDENING: Jobs for the weekend

Wall�trained Pyracantha should be pruned now.
Wall�trained Pyracantha should be pruned now.
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With a heatwave reportedly on the way, you shouldn’t need much of an excuse to get into the garden this weekend.

Here’s a list of jobs you could tackle:

• Prune wall­-trained pyracantha, removing any shoots coming out from the wall, and shortening other new growth to about 8cm (3in). This encourages spur formation, and increased flowering relative to green growth.

• Add grass clippings to the compost heap in thin layers.

• Ensure new lawns do not dry out during hot weather.

• In ponds, continue to remove blanket and duckweed. Don’t introducing goldfish into wildlife ponds.

• Some conservatory plants such as Cymbidium, Yucca, and Citrus can be moved outdoors.

• Regularly inspect plants, and the structures of the greenhouse and conservatory, for red spider mite, whitefly, thrips and other pests. Control with biological controls, and hang yellow sticky traps to help monitor numbers of flying pests.

• Gaps between winter brassica plants can be used for radishes or lettuce.

• Thin pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots and apples.

• Summer prune red and white currants and gooseberries.

• Pinch out the top of broad beans once the lowest flowers have set to prevent aphid attack.

• Peg down strawberry runners and remove cloches from early strawberries once cropped.

• Water tomatoes and peppers regularly to prevent blossom end rot ­-a symptom of calcium deficiency due to erratic water supply.