With the garden summer ready, July is a time for maintaining all the hard work you’ve done earlier in the season, but remember to sit back and enjoy the results of your hard work.
To keep your garden looking its best, here are some top July gardening tips.
- Hoe borders regularly when it’s dry to keep weeds at bay. If you hoe in wet weather the roots can re-root
- Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas. In peak summer periods as much as 70 percent of water supplied may be used in gardens so if you can it’s worth collecting water in a water butt
- Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes as this encourages the plant to develop the fruit rather than growth
- Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
- Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside, but remember to water them frequently and deeply
- Mow your lawn at least once a week, but avoid excessively close mowing as this weakens the grass
- Plant out and enjoy your summer bedding and dead head bedding plants and perennials to encourage further flowering and self-seeding
If you like to grow your own, now’s the time to sow spring cabbage, turnips, Oriental vegetables, chicory, fennel, and autumn/winter salads. If you live in the south of England, you can still sow French and runner beans and plant out leeks and cabbages for a delicious winter supply, if you haven’t done so already.
It’s also a good time to feed crops with a general-purpose fertiliser and feed tomatoes with a diluted tomato fertiliser once a week to boost your crop. Now’s the time to also pick, dry and freeze herbs to be enjoyed later in the year.
For some great tips on what you should be doing in the garden and when check out the Royal Horticultural Society’s grow your own monthly calendar.
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