Tips & Advice
Although the pressure is off, there’s still plenty to be getting on with. It’s time to enjoy the garden – but watering, feeding deadheading and checking for pests and diseases are all a priority in July.
Jobs to do in July
- Prepare the garden, ready for going away on holiday.
- Take semi-ripe summer cuttings of shrubs and climbers.
- Make more strawberry plants by pegging down runners.
- Give all hedges a trim.
- Pinch out the tops of tomatoes and remove sideshoots of cordon types.
- Keep picking sweet peas; if they produce seeds, they’ll stop flowering
- Fill any gaps in borders with “instant” plants from garden centres.
- Water and feed rhododendrons and camellias to ensure flowering next year.
- Train and tie in climbing plants as they grow and the stems are still pliable.
- Support the branches of plum and greengage trees that have produced a heavy crop.
Richard's tip of the week
For the prettiest pots, baskets and window boxes, keep them well watered and feed twice a week with Flower Power. Also remove flowers as they fade to stop them from going to seed.More jobs to do now
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