July in the garden
Itâ€™s now time to enjoy the sunny weather and relish just spending time relaxing in your garden. Keep on top of these easy jobs to keep your garden looking tip top through the heat.
Hereâ€™s a summary, but scroll down if you want more information on any of these jobs!
In the Vegetable Plot
- Feed vegetables
- Plant second cropping potatoes
- Pick out growth tips on courgette and squash
- Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes
In the Flower Bed
- Feed plants
- Continue deadheading
Around the Garden
- Give your lawn a feed
- Water regularly
- Keep on top of pests
- Prune wisteria
In the vegetable plotâ€¦
Feeding your vegetables with a liquid feed can prevent bitterness in your crops.
Plant second cropping potatoes
Itâ€™s a good idea to plant these in containers or sacks which can be brought under cover when the first frosts hit.
Pick out growth tips
Pick out the new growth tips on courgette and squash to encourage them to branch out.
Pinch out side shoots
Pinch out the side shoots on tomatoes regularly and remove any leaves below the lowest truss which has ripening fruit on it. This will help to prevent disease and improve air circulation.
In the flower bedsâ€¦
Plants such as roses can really benefit from a summer feed as it can encourage a second flush in Autumn.
Continue to deadhead
Bedding plants, roses and other perennials will benefit from regular deadheading. Picking off the fading flowers will prolong the flowering period and keep things tidy, making your garden look more attractive. You can also get a second bloom from faded annuals by cutting them back and then fertilising them.
Around the gardenâ€¦
The main reason that plants donâ€™t thrive at this time of year is because they havenâ€™t been watered properly. Pots and Planters are the most susceptible to drying out and need watering once a day. If you are struggling to keep on top of them, move them into a shady spot where they should dry out slower. Try to water at dusk, when drops of water on leaves wonâ€™t scorch the leaves and where possible, use grey water. Sources of greywater include, sinks, showers, baths, washing machines and dishwashers.
Give your lawn a summer feed
Give you lawn a feed if you didnâ€™t do so in Spring, to encourage healthy green growth.
Keep on top of pests
The summer is prime for garden pests â€“ keep an eye on your plants and make sure they arenâ€™t being eaten. A common pest at this time of year is black fly who suck on the sap of plants and eventually kill them.
Prune now to keep the size under control and improve the quality of flowering. Remove straggly side-shoots from the main branch framework by cutting back to about five leaves from the main stem.
For the wildlife…
Bird feeders & baths
Keep bird feeders and baths regularly topped up and cleaned – high protein foods are best.
Grow low growing plants at the sides of ponds to aid baby frogs, they will use these plants are shelter and hiding spots.
Try to avoid trimming hedges until fledglings have left their nests.
Hoglets are born this month, do your best to leave their nests in peace and leave a source of fresh water and food.
This month is grass snake breeding season – if you find small white eggs in the ground leave them be.