Late August is a time in the garden when you enjoy this year’s harvest but also start to plan for next year’s spring growth. Although the tasks are less numerous, there are still a few jobs that need to be done at this time.
- As the name suggests, you should select a new, yet sturdy, side shoot (non flowering) and remove it by cutting straight across just below a leaf joint.
- Remove all the leaves from the cutting apart from the top set.
- Dip the freshly cut stem into Strike Rooting Powder and insert the cuttings around the edge of a pout filled with a suitable compost such as GroWise Seed and Cutting Compost. If you don’t have access to specific seed compost, use a mix of one part regular compost to one part Gro-Sure Perlite.
- Firm the cuttings and compost gently and water well.
- The pot should be over-wintered in a cool bright area, such as a cold frame, and the cuttings should be rooted by spring.
- Your young plants can then be grown on in a relatively shady area of the garden and should be ready for planting out in early summer.
Those with a rambling rose should consider pruning it after floweringParaic Horkan
Don’t forget to keep the patio and hard surface areas of the garden moss and algae free as theses will be slippery during the wet Autumn and Winter weather. Try using PAC Patio Algae & Moss Cleaner; its long lasting formula will keep the area free of moss and algae for months.