July GARDENING JOBS
July is an exciting month for the garden. A lot of the hard work put in during the previous months is starting to show and it’s a joy to see. Those with vegetables growing will be well under way to trying out some gorgeous home-grown goodies, perhaps just a few weeks and they’ll be ready from fork to plate. July is a month for spending as much of your time as possible out there, in you blossoming space – barbecues, family time, and a good bit of relaxation are all on the agenda.
However, there is still of course plenty to be doing, not least remembering to water at least twice a week.
Remove faded flowers and flowerheads will encourage the plants to produce more blooms and extend the season of colour. You can also feed your bedding plants with a tomato fertiliser to help the plant make new flowers.
Second cropping potatoes
Plant your second cropping potatoes now to give you some lovely new potatoes for Christmas. The best thing to do is to plant them in pots or bags, so they can be brought under cover before the first frosts.
Feed your lawn
Now is the time to feed you lawn with fertiliser as it will encourage a healthy green lawn for the rest of the summer.
Harvest your fruit and vegetables
Pick and collect all the fruit and vegetables that you planted earlier in the year. Courgettes, runner beans, beetroot, peas, carrots, potatoes, salad leaves and tomatoes are just a few that’ll be ready for harvest.
Herbs are perfect to freeze and it’ll make sure that you have plenty to use throughout the year. If, when chopping your herbs, you find you are left with some leftover, a little trick is to pop them in an ice cube tray with water and freeze them into herb-ice cubes.
Regularly hoe and deal with weeds to avoid them taking hold. We have plenty of chemicals in store to help keep those difficult to deal with weeds at bay.
Make the most of the lighter evenings whilst they are still around and enjoy the rest of summer.
Roses are in bloom, but they always look better with underplanting to disguise their lower, less interesting bits and complement the flowers. Consider hardy geraniums, salvias and alliums to waft around and through them.