Garden jobs in July

 July is a great month in the garden – as long as you can keep on top of the watering. You should begin to reap the rewards of your hard work in the vegetable plot so make sure you are cutting every day to keep new produce forming, remember to clip herbs too as this encourages they to keep growing – you are mimicking grazing animals in the wild remember.

Keep your borders going with the additional of late flowering plants

Your herbaceous borders might have peaked at the end of June so look for any gaps and infill with pots of colourful later flowerers – salvias, cannas and dahlia’s will all extend the season with Michaelmas daisies (Aster) taking you right through to Autumn and beyond.

 

Vegetable gardens

Start to harvest garlic and shallots

Thin out direct sown seedlings including beetroot

Keep on top of the vegetable garden and repeat sow to ensure you have crops well into winter

Plant out winter cabbages, spinach, beetroot, kale, broccoli and leeks. Repeat sow lettuce, salads, French and runner beans, carrots and beetroot for crops later in the season. Now is the ideal time to plan your autumn sowings of salad crops and herbs to get ahead.

Mature trained fruit trees can be an intrinsic part of your garden design

Prune trained apple and pear trees in the middle of the month. Remember you are reducing the spread and enabling the tree to put all its energy into producing fruit for next year.

Borders

Continue to deadhead in your borders to encourage repeat flowering

Prune wisteria taking long stems back to 6“ of the main stem

Prune wisteria now to encourage the flowers next spring

Cut back hardy geraniums to encourage fresh foliage and repeat flowering.  If you are going away for a couple of weeks then is the ideal time. Cut the foliage right down to the base, they will look terrible while you are away but have put on new foliage and be about to flower by the time you return!

General

If slugs are a problem, get a couple of chickens! Bantams do hardly any damage to your garden and provide you with fresh eggs. They won’t lay all year round like a more robust breed like a long island red might but they will keep pests at bay.

Your garden design needn't suffer with the addition of chickens if you get the right breed

Make sure you have a couple of nice places to sit and enjoy the garden – perhaps one seat positioned for sun and one for shade. There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy all the work you’ve put in but if you don’t make it easy with a well positioned seat you may miss it and only ever go into the garden to toil.

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