Gardening jobs for July

 

 

By July your garden should be looking its finest, lush and full of colour, so you should make the most of the (hopefully) warmer weather and spend as much time outside admiring it as possible. However, don’t forget that there are some quick and simple jobs you can do to make sure it stays looking beautiful for a long as possible.

The Flower Garden.

  • Dead head your bedding plants and perennials for further flowering.
  • Cut back your delphiniums and hardy geraniums after their first flush of colour to encourage new growth and even more flowers!
  • If you have a wisteria, now is the time to do some summer pruning. Cut back this years new shoots to around 5 leaves when it has finished flowering. This not only controls the size of the plant, it also encourages further flowering.
  • Keep an eye out for clematis wilt. Tell-tale signs are wilting leaves and dark patches on the stem and foliage. Cut out the affected areas and dispose of with your household waste.

The Vegetable Garden

  • Harvest any beetroot, peas, carrots, chard, potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce. Make the most of this lovely fresh produce with a summer salad.
  • Regularly pick your courgettes young to encourage more growth.
  • Make sure to feed your tomato plants with a suitable fertiliser at least once a week, more if they are looking droopy and yellow.
  • Remember to water your veg plants daily, they should be consistently moist in order to produce the best crop.
  • Keep an eye out for any pests and treat problems as soon as possible.

The Fruit Garden

  • Harvest your strawberries, raspberries, redcurrant, cherries and rhubarb, there’s nothing better than seasonal produce from you own garden.
  • Prune your cherry trees now, after they have flowered but are still in leaf. Any dead or damaged branches should be removed as well as those which cross over each other.

General Jobs

  • Make sure to open up your greenhouse to allow the air to circulate.
  • It’s now your last chance to give the lawn a summer feed.
  • Keep turning the contents of your compost heap to allow aeration.

 

And, Enjoy!

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