Compost heaps can go stale if you add too many grass clippings. To prevent this, add some scrunched up balls of newspaper to each layer of grass. The paper adds air and texture to the heap and helps turn it into good compost that bit faster.
Pack your garden with years of summer colour for just a few pounds by grow perennial plants like lupins and delphiniums from seed. The young seedlings will grow during the summer, can be planted out in the garden in early autumn and will start flowering from next year onwards.
Stop the flop by giving taller growing plants some support. Simple frames can be bought from garden centres but for some plants a simple frame of netting on a frame does the job just as well.
For the best flavoured herbs, pick them early in the day when they are fresh, not wilting from the summer heat. Regular picking helps the plants grow bushier and encourages lots of very tasty fresh young leaves.
For a great looking lawn, mow it twice a week during the summer. After mowing, use a pair of shears to tidy up the edges. If possible, feed your lawn once a month with a professional lawn feed to help produce a stronger, healthier and even greener lawn.
Clematis are best grown with their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. Grow plants at their base or add a layer of compost or bark chips to help provide this shade which keeps their roots cool and moist. The other secret with clematis is to keep them well watered and well fed.
Tomatoes, peppers and aubergines are easy to grow in pots on a sunny patio. For best results, feed them regularly with high potash plant food once the first fruits begin to form. When growing tall growing vine or cordon tomatoes, pinch out side–shoots regularly to get the best crop.