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Friday, 30 June 2017

July Gardener's Calendar


This is the month when we all go on holiday and our pots get neglected. Takes steps to prevent this happening and a little chopping, snipping and feeding should encourage your annuals and herbaceous to carry on flowering late into the year.


  • Don’t water shrubs and Herbaceous unless it is very dry and they are obviously struggling or are newly planted and not yet established. Encourage them to develop deep roots and find their own water. Continual watering encourages shallow roots vulnerable to the first drought. When watering soak to the roots don't just sprinkle the top soil..
  •  It is imperative to feed all bedding weekly and water containers daily.There are many general feeds available but tomato feed is perfectly adequate
  •  Dead head your bedding plants to lengthen the flowering period and encourage repeat flowering.
  • Add some perennial colour to the gaps in your borders while you can see what you need and take photos of the borders in season to remember any summer colour gaps you have left.
  •  Cut back the faiding flower heads of  herbaceous spikey plants plants such as Lupins and Delphiniums, campanula, verconicestrum and salvia nemorosa to developing new buds lower down the stem to allow a second flush of flowers.
  • If you have leggy nepeta plants over hanging the border give them a clip they will come back stronger and continue to flower.
  • Remove the whole flower stem of euphorbas and geums and similar to encourage them to grow new flowering shoots.
  • Trim and feed spring flowering Alpines as they finish some may flush again..
  •  Remove the dead heads, feed and spray your roses to prevent aphids,blackspot and encourage continued or repeat flowering.
  •  Harvest all vegetables and fruits when ripe to encourage continued cropping.
  • Keep feeding your tomatoes.
  • Removed any veg that has bolted and seed extra spinach as it is such an easy crop.
  • An easy money saver is to grow on our potted hot chilli plants as they are so easy and perfect to dry and store in jars in the larder.
  • Make sure you have plenty of culinary herbs establishing. Most are Mediterranean plants and establish better in warmer soil. Dry any ready for cutting such as bay and thyme to use in cooking through the winter.
  • Fill the gaps in your garden with container grown herbaceous plants or try some annual summer shiners like dahlias, gauras, salvias and large potted geraniums, fuchsias and other bedding plants.
  • If you going on holiday and have plants that the neighbours have to water. Consider standing them over a bowl of water in the shade.
  • Monty's tip on Gardener's world (30th June) was to remove any more than 2 apples from each spur on your apple trees allowing good strong apples to form.
  • Feed your raspberries regularly. High potash encorages fruiting and you will find this in a bonemeal feed.
  • Remember to prune your spring flowering shrubs now they have finished flowering 
  • Mow regularly and not too short in hot weather but to make your lawn look profesional use an edging tool and cut crip sharp edges, it makes all the difference.

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