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The height of the season - if you’re into  kitchen gardening you will be falling over the stuff and probably giving away produce to whoever will take it.


Baskets and planters will be burgeoning  - as will your water bill. At this stage of the season.  

GENERAL

  1. Remember that containers may need watering twice a day

  2. If you’re going away, make arrangements to keep everything watered.

  3. Keep deadheading container plants for best impact.


  4. VEGETABLES

  5. Sow beet, carrot and lettuce.

  6. Plant out winter brassicas and calabrese.

  7. Once early crops have been lifted, fork over the ground add a good fertiliser and start planting as soon as you can.

  8. Lift shallots.

  9. Sow spring cabbages.


  10. LAWN

  11. Keep mowing but raise the mower blades for a longer cut


  12. FRUIT

  13. Prune currants and raspberries after fruiting.

  14. Clear strawberry beds of straw and weed thoroughly.

  15. Use the straw in your compost bin

  16. Feed the bed with a rose or tomato fertiliser and start propagating some new plants.

  17. Train cordons, fans, espaliers etc.

  18. Prune new blackberry canes.

  19. Summer prune apples.


  20. FLOWERS

  21. Remove faded flowers.

  22. Plant out biennials.

  23. Take cuttings of hydrangeas.

  24. Water gladiolus and sweet peas generously.

  25. Take cuttings of pelargoniums, violas and pansies.


  26. SHRUBS

  27. Prune and deadhead roses

  28. Feed roses

  29. Clip evergreens.

  30. Can layer shrubs of all kinds including shrub roses.

  31. Cut and weed regularly. 

  32. Trim edges.


  33. GREENHOUSE

  34. Keep the greenhouse cooler by adding a second layer of shading if necessary.

  35. Pinch out the tops of tomatoes if tall enough and remove any side-shoots.

  36. Pot up fuchsias.


  37. POND

  38. Check to see that fish have enough oxygen

  39. Do your water weeds need thinning out?
    Keep the pond topped up.

  40. Divide water irises.

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  JULY

Buddleias are reputed to like warm, south-facing sites - although anyone who has ever seen them growing through the mortar of old brick walls alongside railway lines will know just how tough these shrubs are. A boon to butterflies they come in many colours and are at their best from July to September.

JULY - TIP OF THE MONTH