Our gardening expert writes:
Confession time, folks. I don't like lettuce. Not in the garden, not on my plate and certainly not wandering around on the plate. Call me a fussy eater if you like, but as a general rule I prefer mine to be the first mouth entered by any food that I consume. The folds and crevices of your average lettuce leaf can conceal whole populations of unsavoury wildlife.
If you're on a health fad and must eat lettuce, much safer to stick with that white stuff from the supermarket that's been nuked since birth. Or go for a small tin of vegetable salad. That's the simple way to get your Five A Day.
Freeing up a good part of your vegetable patch means cutting down on tiresome chores like digging and hoeing. Ground thus recovered can then be paved or permanently gravelled to provide a good base for a shed or even two. It's surprising just how many sheds you need in gardening.
This month's jobs: time to power-wash the patio, not forgetting adjacent walls, barbecue area and parking strip. Use an electrically powered weedbrush to get between the cracks of masonry slabs and remove all signs of algae, moss and unwanted greenery. Water-cannon garden furniture and ornamental figures. Remove targeted bird excrement from wind-chimes. Apply a double dose of strong disinfectant to inhibit the spread of unsightly lichens on solar-powered lamps. Scoop dead fish from pond.
Summer is always a hectic time for being outside and taking on Mother Nature. Enjoy!