P573 CEEFAX 2 573 Sat 13 Jun 21:17/21       W  Stefan Buczacki writes:     Ornamental garden hint:  As soon as young birds have  left their nests, you can turn your attention to giving hedges their first cut of the season. Whether you use powered cutters or hand shears, it helps to usj a string levelling line with established hedges. Don't neglect young hedges. It's a mistake to let them reach their desired height before cutting. You must cut back about a third of last year's growth to encourage bushiness. Free time 570 Housj plant hint >>> Switched On 540 Cookery 580 TV 600 Garden Cookbook Main Menu SEastTV
P573 CEEFAX 2 573 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/26   2/4    ]   Stefan Buczacki writes:    House Plant Hint   When planting up bedding  plants in the garden, you will almost certainly have a few left ovjr. They make vjry useful house plants, evjn if they only last for a couple of months. Pelargoniums are especially useful as they will survive for fairly long periods with vjry little attention, "ut almost any strongly growing plants will work too. It's best, howevjr, not to use the relatively flimsy types such as lobelias that need plenty of water and sun. Free time 570 Kitchen garden >>> Switched On 540 Cookery 580 TV 600 Garden Cookbook Main Menu SEastTV
P573 CEEFAX 2 573 Sat 13 Jun 21:12/11   3/4   W  Stefan Buczacki writes:      Kitchen Garden Hint    Thj recent rain means the   annual weeds are now emerging !mong rows of vegetables. They must bj removed if the crops are to grow well, but weed control in the kitchen gardjn should be done with care. I don't use a weedkiller and when the soil is dry, weeds are best sliced off with a hoe. When the ground is still damp, howevjr, a hand fork is bjtter as hoeing weeds then merely transplants them. Free time 570 Plant of Week >>> Switched On 540 Cookery 580 TV 600 Garden Cookbook Main Menu SEastTV
P573 CEEFAX 2 573 Sat 13 Jun 21:17/05   4/4     W  Stefan Buczacki writes:   Plant of Week: Phormium    If you want a tall,  architectural plant with attractive sword-like leavjs, then the phormium will fit the bill. The New Zealand flax is hardier than people imagine and even the variegated types will thrivj here in sheltered spots. All phormiums are "est in fairly rich, well-drained soil and many will produce spikes of dark red flowers from time to time. They need little care although the leaves should be tied together for winter protection. Free time 570 Orn!mental tips >>> Switched On 540 Cookery 580 TV 600 Garden Cookbook Main Menu SEastTV