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What to do in your garden in July

What to do in your garden in July

 

Maintain

  • During hot, dry weather, set the lawnmower blades higher to let the grass grow a little longer and make it less vulnerable to drought.
  • Keep deadheading flowers, including roses, to keep new blooms coming.
  • Pinch out the tips of figs' side shoots after they have developed five leaves, to put their energy into developing fruits.
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor in the mornings.
  • Pick beans regularly to keep a fresh crop coming.
  • Clean filters in the pond and pumps.
  • Tie in new shoots on climbing roses.
  • Water and feed sweet peas regularly, and pick flowers daily to keep more coming.
  • Water containers and hanging baskets daily and twice-daily during very hot weather; feed weekly.

 

Prune

  • Cut back groundcover plants such as cranesbill geraniums and Stachys lanata after flowering to encourage a further flush of blooms. Water and feed them afterwards.
  • Cut back herbs after flowering to encourage fresh new growth.
  • Cut out surplus new canes of summer-fruiting raspberries at base level, and tie in new canes to support wires, spacing them out at even intervals.

 

 Prepare

  • If you want to dry your lavender flowers, cut the flowers before they are fully open for the finest fragrance.
  • Mix grass cuttings with garden waste before adding to compost heap so the grass doesn't revert to green slime.

 

Grow

  • Keep sowing lettuce, radish and rocket to guarantee successional cropping.
  • Take cuttings from carnations and pinks.

 

Plant

  • Move self-sown seedlings such as nasturtium and eryngium to optimum new sites.
  • Repot peppers into larger pots this month and next, using canes for extra support if necessary.

 

Treat

  • In the greenhouse, keep a lookout for red spider mite which thrives in hot, dry conditions and treat accordingly.
  • Mulching the ground around plants after rainfall will help keep in moisture as well as preventing weeds from taking hold.
  • Give houseplants a holiday. Take your indoor plants outside to give them fresh air and direct sunlight, as well as adding to the display on your patio or terrace.
  • Help prevent blight on tomatoes and potatoes by spraying with Fruit & Vegetable Disease Control.

 

Enjoy

  • Set up a quiet corner of the garden with a recliner so you can take time to enjoy the garden and observe the resident wildlife as well as work in it.