Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

There's Plenty to Keep Your Green Fingers Busy

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

There's Plenty to Keep Your Green Fingers Busy

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¦ Tall perennials are shooting up so put in stakes or supports to help show off their blooms and prevent them bending over or snapping. Or you can do the Chelsea chop which involves cutting back perennials in their stride to make them bushier and less likely to flop over. This reduces the need for staking and can produce more flowers.

Plants that will benefit from this include heleniums, sedums, rudbeckia, phlox and solidago.

You can also choose to chop some plants, and leave some alone so you will have different flowering times and heights.

¦ Plants grown in containers will need TLC. Remove old compost and replace with fresh and keep fed fortnightly and well watered.

¦ Aphids and greenflies are busy reproducing… check plants, especially roses, for infestations and remove what you see by hand. …

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