Food and water is key now to ensure a bumper harvest
Start these beauties now for early blooms
They'll need a trim now to curb growth before autumn.
A little time spent on it each week will keep it healthy
Glorious nerines will be a showstopper in vivid pink
They plug any gaps you have and can be harvested in weeks
Any Top Tray plants you're intending to show over the coming weeks should be receiving your main attention now.
Start off a few tasty bloomers now to use in a variety of dishes
It helps conserve moisture levels and looks good too
Check plants regularly to stop an infestation of pests
Watering is key to keep them looking fresh and fabulous
They might need some extra care if blustery weather hits
These easy-to-grow plants add colour and structure
Persevere with these Eastern delights for tasty new crops
They'll love a bit of fresh air now the warmer weather is here
Q What was the cause of my strawberry tree’s sudden death?
It’s a practical and pretty way to grow these juicy, summer crops
Different shapes and sizes of strawberry planters are everywhere in garden centres at the moment, with openings and side holes to tuck in a few more plants here and there, designed to give more room and distribute growth evenly. Plastic ‘cascading’ pots are perfect, but traditional-style terracotta ones have a certain romance about them, and tend to look nicer with a set of trailing plants drooping prettily down. They also look great with herbs or succulents in them. As for practicality, these planters also mean they’re mobile and can be turned towards the sun to ripen fruit quicker, plus drainage is better. Caring for strawberries is simple. Give them plenty of sunshine, light and warmth and you’re on to a winner. Water fairly often and feed them every fortnight with a fertiliser rich in potassium, such as tomato feed, and they’ll thrive. Be vigilant with vine weevil as they can nibble up all the roots. Pick off adults whenever you see them or water on nematodes for grub prevention.