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Hot weather will result in evaporation from garden ponds, so remember to ‘top up’ water levels. Remember too, to put out bird baths and a dish of water for hedgehogs.
A clean and tidy garden is a healthy one, which means less problems with pests and diseases. Learn to be observant and spot those first warning signs, it will save you time and money!
The sun is out and the birds are singing, it must be time for National BBQ Week … hurray! Are you a banger or a burger person? If you are vegetarian you are in luck too as we have an Aubergine Burger devised by the chef Valerie Hamelin using the Aubergine ‘Meatball’ from Burpee Europe recipe for you below!
July is ‘National Picnic Month’ and the great outdoors and some lovely chow beckon! So, whether you are taking a trip to the beach, planning on visiting the countryside or simply looking forward to munch in your own back garden these tips could be handy!
Watering becomes increasingly important in June as the days lengthen and the sun’s intensity increases, often resulting in rapid growth. Late April and early May were dry times in many areas of the UK, but fortunately, recent downpours have improved the situation.
There is still time to get rid of moss patches in the lawn, using moss-killer or by raking. Don’t forget you can improve ‘thinning’ areas by ‘over-sowing’ with a quality lawn seed mixture and raking in where possible. Remember though that you need to keep the surface moist until the new grass becomes established.
Brown patches on your lawn after the winter weather? Now’s the time to treat them!
Rake out dead grass with a spring tine type rake and roughen the resulting soil surface. Using a gardening sieve, apply some ‘weed-free’ garden compost to the patch, rake again and then apply some fresh lawn seed. Rake in gently and ensure the seed is kept moist. Germination should take 1-2 weeks.