P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 6 Oct 19:21/01   1/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. TIMELY REMINDERS GLADIOLI Lift when the foliage turns yellow, shorten the stems to \in and remove soil adhering to the corms. Allow to dry for about 10 days and, after cleaning, store in a cool, frost- proof place. BORDER PERENNIALS Most mature hfrbaceous plants can be divided now. Plants still in full leaf might wilt if disturbed during sunny weather, but moist soil will aid their recovery. More GreenTips Leisure Farming TV Index
P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 6 Oct 19:21/11   2/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. TIMELY DMINDERS SHRUB CUTTINGS Pot established cuttings before the weathfr turns cold, and keep them in a greenhouse or sheltered cold frame until April. Poorly rooted cuttings need similar protection, but should not be potted until spring. SWKFT PEAS For early flowers next summer, sow in pots or boxes and shelter in a frame during the winter. Alternatively, sow outside in the flowering site and cover with cloches in cold weather. More GreenTips Leisure Farming TV Index
P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 6 Oct 19:20/01   4/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. GRASS NNTSADVICE Revitalise and thicken struggling lawns After raking out dead growth and gathering up the debris, aerate the soil with a garden fork or spiked roller. This will relieve compaction and give roots more air. If necessary, loosen bare patches and sow seed. If feeding is due, apply an autumn formula grass fertiliser to strengthen the roots, thicken the top growth, and improve disease resistance. More GreenTips Leisure Farming TV Index
P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 6 Oct 19:01/00   3/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. TIMELY REMINDERS STRAWBERRIES Plants set now will establish quickly, but to protect their strength pick off all flowers next summern In cold, wet gardens, delay planting until March and allow the first fruits to form 15 months later. TOMATOES Place orange tomatoes in a paper bag with a ripe apple or banan—. This will trap ethylene gas from the fruits and turn the tomatoes red more quickly. Gentle warmth also helps. More GreenTips Leisure Farming TV Index