Weekend Work: Time to prune wall-trained trees


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* After picking the last of the peaches and nectarines, you will need to prune wall-trained trees. The first job is to cut out the old, fruited shoots and tie in as many new growths as you can fit in to replace them. Take out entirely any shoots that grow straight out of the front of the tree at right angles to the wall or fence.

* Cut back chives, marjoram, mint and oregano to about 7cm off the ground. This will encourage them to make fresh growth that you can use during winter.

* Take cuttings from fuchsias, geraniums and other tender perennials such as helichrysum, osteospermum and felicia. These need to be overwintered in a greenhouse or similar shelter.


* Exhibits in The Garden Show which continues until the end of the month at Dyffryn Fernant, Pembrokeshire are made entirely from paper and include gorgeous fruits cut and assembled by the Japanese artist, Eiko Toshida. Leave plenty of time to visit the garden as well: six acres with dramatic views over to the Preseli hills. The exhibition at Dyffryn Fernant, Llanychaer, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9SP is open Wed-Sun (12-6pm) until 30 Sept; admission £5.