THE VEGGIE GARDEN

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1 Keep sowing quick maturing summer vegetables. Seeds of beans, both bush and runner (climbers), patty pan squash (pictured) and zucchinis or courgettes can be sown directly in the garden.

2 Mix fast-growing radish seed with that of carrots or beetroot. When the radishes are harvested, there’ll be space for the carrots or beetroot which mature much later.

3 Make a final planting of tomato seedlings. Plant them as deep as their first pair of leaves. This helps them cope with dry periods as their roots are where it’s cool and moist.

4 Feed bananas, apricots, plums and nectarines once the fruit has been harvested. Collect any fallen fruit and bury or throw it out with domestic refuse to prevent fruit flies from breeding.

5 For summer salads, plant ‘Endless Summer Mixture’ seeds. They’re a heat-resistant, late-bolting mix of red and green lettuces. This is a new multi-species multi-seed pellet. They do best in containers in partial shade during summer.

DIY PROJECT WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Precast concrete blocks

Clear silicone and a sealant gun

Exterior paint

A paintbrush

Strong plastic sheeting

A skewer (wooden or metal)

Potting soil

Plants and herbs of your choice

HOW TO DO IT

1. Stack your concrete blocks in a pattern that suits your space. To create a planter in the middle of the wall, turn a block lengthways so half of it sticks out at a right angle. Repeat this with other blocks at regular intervals. For safety reasons, don’t build the wall more than five blocks high.

2 Once you’re happy with your placement, take a picture for reference then carefully remove the blocks one by one.

3. Rebuild your wall, making sure you attach each block securely to the next using a caulking gun and a tube of clear silicone. Use your picture as a placement guide.

4. Once the silicone is dry, paint the plant wall in your chosen colour and allow it to dry. (An exterior paint works best.)

5. Line the base of each open hole with a square of strong plastic sheeting and secure it with silicone. Once dry, use a skewer to poke small drainage holes in the plastic.

6. Fill each planter with potting soil and start planting. Succulents, herbs and colourful flowers such as petunias will work perfectly. GUI

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