July is a very busy, but productive month in the garden as you see the results of the hard work, you have put in earlier in the year. With the promise of warmer weather, it is the perfect time to relax and enjoy your garden too, just don't forget to keep on top of the watering.
- Tidy up any perennial plants that are getting a bit messy like Geraniums or Penstemon.
- Deadhead basket and pot plants to encourage them to continue blooming. Water regularly in hot weather to stop them from drying out.
- Feed Dahlias' regularly as they put on lots of growth and blooms this month
- Mow your lawn at least once a week, but raise up the level to allow the lawn to be a bit longer in the summer heat, this will avoid stressing the grass.
- In hot weather, mow your lawn early in the morning or later in the evening.
Fruit and Vegetables
- Sow Autumn crops before Mid July like Dwarf Beans, Broad Beans and Kale to give them time to grow
- If fruit trees and bushes become to clogged up, then thin out and remove any damaged fruit, this will stop any diseases spreading to other fruit
- Keep Strawberry plants well watered and harvest regularly to encourage growth.
- Feed Tomato plants and keep them well watered.
Looking good in your garden this month
Iris, Achillea, Escallonia, Papaver, Hydrangea, Echinacea, Lythrum, Persicaria, Hebe, Eryngium, Penstemon, Hemerocallis, Fuchsia, Potentilla, Phlox, Acanthus, Campanula, Buddleia, Lavender and Spirea
- Cut off the tops of old water bottles , make little holes in the neck, fill with water and then place them upside down in your pots and baskets to slowly drip feed your plants.
- Take a good look at your garden and make notes on plants you want to move or add to for next year. Take pictures to help you remember plants colours and shapes