In hot dry periods it is essential to keep up regular watering – otherwise, in addition to the obvious damage to plants, there can be knock-on effects, such as blossom end rot in tomatoes, splitting of root crops and flower abortion in runner beans.
Make sure that plants in containers are getting enough water – even if it rains, the foliage often deflects the rain away from the container.
Items outlined in brown are still relevant in September
Trim back lavender plants when the flowers have faded, to keep them compact and stop them sprawling. Make sure you don't cut back into the old wood, unless it already shows signs of new shoots, as this is unlikely to produce new growth.
For longer stems for cutting, also remove the buds from one or more leaf axils down the stem, depending on the variety.
Feed weekly with a high potash formula, such as tomato or “fruit & flower” feed, which, with dead-heading, will encourage them to keep on flowering into autumn.
Wildlife in the garden
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