To keep your cucumbers sweet, remember to pinch off the male flowers. You can see the tiny baby cucumber at the base of female flowers so you should be able to easily tell the difference. Keep your cucumbers tied in and take off and burn any leaves with powdery mildew.
Potatoes & Tomatoes
If your tomatoes are fine and healthy, keep taking off the side shoots and only allow 4 or 5 trusses per plant. With longer side shoots
Now is a good time to plant out leek plants. Make a hole with a dibber about three inches deep and drop in the young plant. Do not
Sow broccoli, cabbages and spring greens too. Plant in seed modules and plant out when they are able to hold their own against the slugs and snails. I use organic slug pellets around the brassicas, especially after the rain. If you have had club root on your plot, it’s worth trying a traditional remedy. Place an inch long cube of rhubarb stem under each cabbage you plant out. This is what the old fellas have always told me. Let me know if it works for you.
Other jobs to get on with this month
- Lift your onions and leave them out to dry before onion rot sets in.
- If your courgette or squash are being blown about by the wind, anchor a couple of the leaves down with a handful of earth.
- Summer prune your apple and pear trees. Cut all upright new growth and leave any horizontal or leaning branches. This lets light in.
Alsoremove any new growth that is rubbing against another branch. The colder evenings we will be having are actually necessary for starch in the fruit to turn to sugar and give a sweet fruit.
Lastly, try not to water after