July 2019 – Let your Garden Sing!

July brings long, warm days that continue well into the evening – great for pottering in the garden after work, hosting barbecues, and enjoying your beds and borders as they reach their peak.

Give your garden a new voice this Summer with these tips:

  • Cutting back growth in hanging baskets encourages new flowers and foliage, reviving the display.
  • Collect seed heads from dandelions and other weeds. Capture them before they get a chance to release their seeds and spread through your garden.
  • If you’re growing tomatoes, pinch out tomato side shoots every week. Cut off any leaves growing below the lowest ripening fruit trusses to improve air circulation and prevent diseases.
  • Clear weeds frequently, as they compete with your crops for nutrients and water.
  • Protect any emerging fruits from birds and squirrels by placing netting around your plants.
  • In the greenhouse, check plants daily. Water in the morning or in the evening to reduce water loss.
  • Summer can still throw out a few surprises, ensure tall plants and climbers are well maintained in case of bad weather.
  • Use grass clippings as a mulch around potato plants to stop tubers near the surface from turning green. Alternatively, you can earth up your potato plants as they grow.
  • Pick runner beans often to prevent them becoming stringy and to make room for developing pods. 

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