July

July


The Edible Garden

As soon as summer fruiting raspberries have finished, cut out the old canes and over summer tie in the new canes.These will bear fruit next season.
Watch out for birds around soft fruits and tree fruits and protect with bird netting and scarecrows.
Check for woolly aphids on apple and pear trees - they are white and fluffy, and spray with insecticide to control early . Harvest produce from the vegetable garden regularly -courgettes especially need checking daily, otherwise they can quickly turn into marrows.
Plant out cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, for winter harvests. Successional sowings of lettuce can still be made. Dwarf and runner beans can still be planted in warmer areas only ,for a late summer crop. Garlic and onions can be lifted and laid out to dry. Liquid feed all salad greens and tomatoes weekly, and keep well watered in dry spells. Collect herbs for drying, pesto, or freezing.
The Flower Garden
Freshen up containers and garden beds with instant colour bedding -petunias, dahlias, impatiens, begonias, and marigolds. Bright foliaged Coleus make interesting splashes of colour in the summer garden in warmer areas. They come in a range of leaf colours - yellows, oranges, coppers, burgundy- ideal for pots and hanging baskets.

Deadheading flowering plants will encourage new blooms and prolong flowering right through summer. Two old favourites that are hard to beat for summer flowers are Geraniums and Pelargoniums. New varieties appear almost every year. They are hardy, easy care, bright and cheery, and flower for months.
Autumn flowering bulbs such as crocus, nerine, amaryllis can be planted now.
Trim back Shasta daisies and dahlias to allow light into the crown to encourage new growth.
Zinnias are great for summer colour. They also attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden. Plant arctotis and gazania in drier, sunny spots in the garden. They will provide masses of bright colour during the hotter months.
Feed roses with rose fertiliser. This will encourage more flowers and growth to harden before the first frosts.

General

Trim evergreen hedges so they develop new growth to harden before winter.
Remove spent summer annuals and prepare the ground for autumn / winter flowering plants.
Continue planting spring flowering bulbs - anemones, ranunculus, freesias, daffodils, tulips. Prune flowering shrubs such as Weigela and Philadelphus once flowering has ceased.
When watering your garden give two deep waterings a week. Direct the water at the soil to penetrate the plant’s root zone. A soaker hose between the rows is the best way to water the vege garden.
July is a good time to prune plums and cherries. This helps prevent the spread of Silver Leaf disease. Trim back new growth.

What to look for in store this Month

Summer annuals and perennials including petunia, penstemon, impatiens, cornflower, agapanthus, gentian, scabiosa, convolvulus, plumbago. Decorative bark mulch. Pots and containers. Liquid plant food. Geraniums, Dahlias and Chrysanthemums. Clematis. Trellis and climbing supports. Compost