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5 gardening jobs Sept 22-28

Kniphofia before being battered by Storm Ali
Kniphofia before being battered by Storm Ali
Rose James Galway and golden hop

Prune climbing roses

Climbing roses can be pruned once they have finished flowering; side shoots from the main branches can be cut back to a couple of buds. Any dead, diseased or spindly growth should be cut out and new young shoots tied into the supports, from the base. If there is an old, thick and woody, unproductive stem, it can be removed from the base to stimulate more vigorous growth.

Replanted long border with Heuchera Forever Red, Lime Marmalade and Zipper surrounded by Sorbaria, hydrangea Magical Revolution Blue and Kniphofia

Plant new perennials

This is a good time to plant new perennials, as the soil is still warm, but moisture levels are increasing.

Abyssinian red banana, exactly a month after being cut to a stump

Check tender plants for pests

When bringing plants indoors, check carefully for any pests and diseases they may have picked up outside, in particular, red spider mite, mealybug, and scale insect. Inspect rootballs and compost for vine weevil larvae and treat where necessary.

Greenhouse after cleaning (but forgot to remove tomatoes)

Clean greenhouse for winter

Cleaning the greenhouse is best done before bringing in all your tender plants for the winter. Pests and diseases can hide in tiny nooks and crannies, only to come back to life the following spring. Hose down the structure with a forceful jet of water, and then use safe cleaning products such as Citrox, and a non-abrasive scourer specifically recommended for cleaning glass.

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