Your Garden in July
YOUR GARDEN IN JULY
Gardening tips and advice each month
July is usually one of the warmest months of the year, and one where you are likely to spend quite a bit of time in your garden. It's important then, to keep on top of maintenance, so you and your companions can enjoy the garden looking its absolute best.
To be fair, your garden will offer you a helping hand on this front, as many of its flowers, shrubs and climbers will be looking pretty spectacular just now. Herbaceous perennials such as Delphinium, Phlox, Alstroemeria, Rudbeckia and Echinacea are among the stars of the July garden, as are the large flowered Clematis and shrubs like Hydrangea.
Of course, they need you to look after them well at this time of year, particularly if the weather is dry. Water regularly, especially any new plantings and container displays, and deadhead too to keep things looking neat and prolong the flowering season. Add some liquid feed to your containers to give them an added boost.
Once your roses have finished flowering, remove the faded heads to keep the plant looking tidy, unless your rose produces attractive hips, in which case leave the flowers in place. If you're lucky enough to have healthy sweet peas in your garden, pick the blooms regularly to have indoors; not only will you encourage loads more flowers, but you can also enjoy their lovely colours and delicious scent in your home.
July is a good month for getting ahead of the game where weeds are concerned. If you're troubled by persistent weeds, such as ground elder or bindweed, it's a good time to spray them with a glyphosate-based weed killer, as there is plenty of leaf surface area to absorb the liquid. You can also capture the seed heads of dandelions before they get chance to disperse their seeds all over your garden.
If you have a pond, then July is a good month for you to give it a makeover. Remove yellowing leaves from water lilies and other plants, and use a net to remove any blanket weed you can see, to allow more oxygen into the pond. If the water level has dropped, top up with rainwater from a water butt if possible, as the chemicals in tap water might upset the nutrient balance in your pond. (If you don't have a water butt, then there's another little July task for you!)
My feature plant for this month is the Hydrangea, not any one in particular, but the whole blooming lot of them! These easy-to-grow, hardy shrubs provide big, beautiful flowers in the summer, from the blousy mop-heads to the daintier lace-caps and the conical blooms of 'Limelight'. There are so many colours to choose from, you will definitely be able to find something to suit your scheme.
With everything looking lovely, you can really enjoy the summer days ahead. Please remember, though, to wear sun protection and a hat if the sun is shining, whether you're hard at work in the garden or simply relaxing and enjoying the view.
JULY ON THE VEG PLOT
Sow lettuce in the cool of the day, water the base of the drill before sowing to cool the area down. Leafy salads do better in shady spots during the hot weather, as the heat can make them taste bitter.
Find a gap to sow an early carrot such as Early Nantes. Water the bottom of the drill before sowing, then sow thinly, 1cm to 2cm deep, in rows 25cms apart and cover with sieved compost. Cover with fleece or insect netting to deter carrot fly and provide protection from the coming colder weather. This sowing will germinate quickly in the warm soil and easily through the compost covering. Thin seedlings to 3cm apart. The carrots will give a harvest of tender roots during autumn and early winter.
Make a last sowing of dwarf French beans, there is still time for these to provide a good harvest.
Sow spring cabbage, radishes, beetroot, kohlrabi and turnips. Start to sow Oriental veg, and autumn and winter salads such as lamb's lettuce. These stand well during the cooler months.
https://www.bartongrange.co.uk/plants-and-gardening/gardening-advice/ Thanks to WILL