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GARDENING TIPS - LATE SPRING / EARLY SUMMER
As soon as the threat of frosts is past planting out can begin in earnest.
Other plants, such as trees and shrubs, can also be planted but the roots need to be thoroughly soaked before planting. If the plants are given an occasional drenching over the summer rather than regular watering this will encourage roots to seek water for themselves rather than rely on frequent watering.
Staking plants is best done before they get too large. To minimise staking some plants can be given a 'Chelsea Chop'. This is where the stems are pinched back by a third to a half of their original size. It produces a later flowering plant which is more compact and self supporting. This is normally done around the time of the Chelsea flower show - hence the name. It works well with plants like Phlox, Sedum, Campanula and Helenium.
Keep on top of the weeds by hoeing in the morning and leaving the weeds to shrivel in the sun.
Last of all, don't forget to admire your hard work and enjoy your garden.
* Annual plants are those that germinate, flower and die each year/season.
* Perennials are plants that last for several years and, once mature, will flower each year.
Herbaceous plants are plants that do not have woody stems. They form new flowering stems each year before seeding then dying back to ground level in the Autumn.
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