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Monday, 3 June 2013
On the other hand, if the ground is dry and drought prolonged you may need to spike the lawn and give it a mulching cut, leave the collector off the garden tractor and switch to a mulching deck if you have one. Either way, leaving the cuttings on the lawn will help protect it.
Q. I have large brown patches, like circles, on my lawn. They are very unsightly. What can I do about them?
Mrs. M. Jones, Virginia Water
A. If the weather has been hot and humid it could be that you have brown patch fungus. It is controllable. The regime of watering only once a week and thoroughly will help by letting the lawn dry out in between. You can apply a lawn fungus control product every other week for six weeks.
You should continue to feed plants in full growth as vegetables will benefit from one or two applications of fertiliser or weak liquid manure. Broad beans will produce their main crop and asparagus should be ready for harvesting. Make more successional sowings of lettuce, endive, radishes, mustard and cress, and turnips. You can sow chicory for forcing but check you have the one you want as there are two types. Pick peas when they produce mature pods. If you planted leeks in trenches in April start blanching them once they are established.
Chicken with prawns and asparagus
- 25g/2oz butter
- 2.5kg/5lb chicken cut into 8 serving pieces or use thighs, legs as you wish
- 2 small onions, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp flour