July is a month to enjoy your efforts so far this year. With bowlfuls of new potatoes to try with a dab of melted butter, sweet new broad beans and vases full of scented sweetpeas, it’s a good life!
- Water, water, water! In this hot weather keep your garden watered well.
- Keep bird baths topped up when the weather is dry and clean regularly to keep disease at bay.
- Hoe borders weekly to chop off the heads of annual weeds before they can flower and set seed.
- Shade Japanese maples by moving them out of the sunshine and keeping them well watered to prevent leaf scorch
- Plant autumn-flowering bulbs including colchicum, nerines and autumn-flowering crocus for a sumptuous display of late colour.
- Keep dead-heading bedding displays and roses as they’ll respond by producing more flowers, continuing the display for weeks longer.
- Hand pollinate courgettes if fruit set is poor, removing male flowers, stripping away petals and dabbing it into up to four female flowers.
- Water tomatoes carefully adjusting levels according to the weather so the moisture level in the soil stays as even as possible to avoid blossom end rot ruining your fruit.
- Sow fast-maturing crops like beetroot, spinach, chard and kohl rabi for a late crop you can be harvesting right through autumn.