Right now in the garden

Fionnuala Fallon’s tips for this week’s tasks

Keep picking sweet pea to encourage further flowering

Keep picking sweet pea to encourage further flowering

Sat, Jun 21, 2014, 01:00

l There’s still time to sow seed of kohlrabi, a colourful, fast-growing vegetable whose swollen root stems are delicious when steamed, sautéed or grated into a salad. Sow seed into modules now, to transplant out in mid-July, spacing 30cm apart. Seed is available from Klaus Laitenberger’s Green Vegetable Seed (greenvegetableseeds.com)
l Keep picking sweet pea flowers to encourage the plant to produce more.
l Shaken, not stirred . . . Use a handful of juicy home-grown strawberries and fresh mint leaves from the garden to make a mouth-wateringly fruity strawberry martini. See jamieoliver.com
l In the mixed border, smaller plants can quickly become smothered by their more vigorous neighbours. Stake large sprawling plants, using a secateurs to gently prune back unwanted growth.
l At this time of year garden ponds can quickly become infested by blanket weed, a slimy looking plant that floats on the top of the water and smothers other growth. Remove it by twisting it around a bamboo cane, then leave it by the side of the pond overnight to allow any pond wildlife to escape back into the water.

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