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Things to do in the garden in July

Date Posted: 01 July 2016

July is the month when we should be rewarded with fresh vegetables and ripening fruit, it can be one of hottest months so sit back, relax and take time to enjoy your garden, but if you can't sit still there are plenty of

jobs you can do now in July

General Jobs
  • Weeding is an ongoing but necessary task either Hoe, ideally on a warm dry day, or remove by hand as soon as possible, putting them in the Compost Bin (except for perennial and deep rooted weeds), weeds compete with plants for water and nutrients and if left to grow can create an unhealthy damp atmosphere around crops. Water your Compost Bins in dry weather, to speed up decomposition spray Compost Magic onto newly added material.
  • PlantIt Water TimerConsider installing a watering kit in your raised beds to make watering easier and more economical, an irrigation system around the garden, greenhouse and throughout your containers may seem an expensive option but you can water your whole garden just by turning on the tap, why not make it even be easier by fitting a water timer to your water butt or outside tap, watering can be done whilst you are not there and is the ideal solution for the holidays.
  • Water butts are ideal for storing rainwater from greenhouses, sheds and house roofs; they are invaluable on allotments and situations where there may not be an outside tap. Guttering can be easily added to collect rainwater from sloping roofs and rainwater diverters attached to down pipes to collect valuable rainwater that would normally disappear down the drain.
  • Be extra vigilant Slugs and Snails love damp weather and will devour most of your crops faster than you can. Protect plantsSlug Gone 3.5 Litre with environmentally friendly Slug Gone or add Copper Tape to ContainersPots and Raised Beds.
  • Protect Brassicas, Lettuce and other susceptible crops from Insects, Birds and Rabbits with Enviromesh.
  • Treat crops with Garlic Wonder Rabitof Concentrate to deter larger pests such as Rabbits, Deer, Crows and Pigeons, it can also help crops to resist and recover from fungal diseases and aids the plants natural resistance to insects.
  • Check containers and hanging baskets and water daily if necessary.
  • Plant a tree, free tree packs are available to schools and community groups from the Woodland Trust apply now while stocks last.
  • After harvesting crops tidy up and remove any leaf debris etc and recycle in the Compost Bin, if left it can harbour pests and diseases, then fork over incorporating a general slow release fertiliser ready for your next crop.
  • Wooden Herb Garden Extendable Raised Beds - Single RowIf you love cooking with fresh herbs why not create a herb garden, planted up they will soon become established during the summer and will make an attractive feature in any garden. 
Fruit
  • Place straw under Strawberry plants and peg down Strawberry runners if you want new plants.
  • Once your crop of Strawberries has finished, clip off all the leaves and weed the bed (put waste in the Compost Bin) sprinkle with a general slow release fertiliser and water well.
  • Cover soft fruits with Netting or Fruit Cages to prevent birds eating your crop especially ripening Plums and Cherries.
  • Give Pot grown fruit trees a high potash liquid feed and keep watered in dry weather, pull off suckers that appear at the base of trees.
  • Support heavily laden fruit trees and bushes to prevent the branches breaking.
  • Thin out small, damaged and infected fruits from apple trees to give more growing room for the remaining fruits.
Vegetables
  • Water vegetables regularly especially in dry weather, this aids healthy growth, and helps to avoid diseases, disorders and bolting.
  • Sow Spring Cabbage, Maincrop Turnips, Oriental Vegetables, Chicory, Fennel, and Autumn/Winter Salads.
  • Make a sowing of Runner Beans and an Early Variety of Pea by the end of the month to give a late crop.
  • Pinch out the growing tips of Broad Beans.
  • Make a final sowing of Chard this month for Autumn/Winter cropping.PolyPot Grow Bags (Pack of 5)
  • Plant second cropping potatoes to give you home grown new potatoes at Christmas, plant in growing bags or large pots so that they can be brought inside before the first frosts.
  • Bend over the outer leaves of cauliflowers to protect the curd from sunlight.
  • Continue to feed your Tomatoes, Cucumber and Peppers and tie in as they grow, remove any withered or yellow leaves to prevent disease and also lower leaves of tomatoes to allow air to circulate, water tomatoes regulary to prevent bossom end rot.
  • Remove side shoots on cordon varieties (these grow between the stem and the leaf axis) and pinch out the growing tip after the fourth truss of tomatoes.
  • Remove any 'premature' flower heads that appear on your onions.
  • Grow shop bought Watercress Stems in containers.
  • Continue to sow summer salad crops of Rocket, Lettuce, Radish, Spring Onion every couple of weeks for a continuous supply.
  • Transplant Cabbages, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower and Kale plants in rows in their final positions in firm, organically rich and limed soil and protect from pests (insects, birds, rabbits) with Enviromesh.
  • Plant out Leeks into 15cm holes made with a dibber and fill the hole with water, you do not need to fill the hole with soil.Carrots
  • Thin out later sowings of Carrots when they start to form roots pulling out alternate ones and repeat as the Carrots grow, eat any that you pull out that are large enough. Re-cover with Enviromesh to protect from Carrot root fly.
  • Feed vegetables to increase vegetable quality, size, taste and yield.
 
 In the Greenhouse / Polytunnel / On your Windowsill / In thePropagator
  • Continue to feed your Tomatoes, Cucumber and Peppers and tie in as they grow, remove any withered or yellow leaves to prevent disease and also lower leaves of tomatoes to allow air to circulate, water tomatoes regulary to prevent bossom end rot.
  • Remove side shoots on cordon varieties (these grow between the stem and the leaf axis), pinch out the growing tip when your plants reach the top of the greenhouse or after the fourth truss of fruit
  • Water plants in the greenhouse when cool (morning/evening) avoiding the middle of the day as water can scorch leaves.
  • Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days to allow the air to circulate and allow pollinating insects access, in hot weather ‘water’ the greenhouse floor to increase moisture levels, consider adding shading if the weather is hot.
  • Continue sowing Herb Seeds to replace any exhausted plants.
 Harvest
  • Nether Wallop Berry PickerPick Cherries, Currants, Strawberries, Raspberries and Gooseberries, make picking easier with a Berry Pickerthen turn your fruit into delicious preserves with theJam making month by month book.
  • Once the leaves of Garlic and Shallots turn yellow they can be lifted and dried in the sun or indoors if the weather is wet.
  • Pick Courgettes when small to ensure a continuous crop.
  • Regularly pick Runner/French Beans before they become stringy and to encourage more to form.
  • You should be able to pick your first ripe tomatoes if the weather has been warm and sunny.
  • Continue to harvest New/First Early potatoes, Second Early potatoes should be ready to harvest too once the flowers open or the buds drop, use a Potato Scoop to prevent damaging the potatoes.
  • Harvest Peas regularly as soon as they are ready and whilst they are super sweet.
  • Carrots can be harvested but replace protective netting.
  • Pick Summer Cabbage from sowings in late winter.
  • Start to pick Beetroot and Early Turnips when they reach golf ball size.
  • Broad Beans, delicious picked when young and tender.
  • Regularly pick Spinach leaves when young to encourage more to grow.
  • Continue harvesting Salad Leaves, Spring Onions, Radishes and Herbs, if you have a glut of herbs they can be dried or frozen for use later on.
  Wildlife
  • Continue to feed birds ideally with protein rich food such as live Mealworms, provide fresh water in your bird baths for the birds to drink and bathe in. Put peanuts into Birdfeeders as whole peanuts can choke young birds.Conservation Bat Box
  • Put up a Bat Box for these beautiful secretive night time creatures to live in.
  • Treat ponds overgrown with algae and blanket weed with Pond Magic to return to crystal clear water then add Bokashi Mud Balls to inhibit future algae growth.
  • Place any blanket or pond weed that you remove by the pond to allow any creatures to return to the water.
  • Plant out your Sunflower plants, provide support and tie in, protect from Slugs and Snails with Slug Gone.
  • Put out Hedgehog food and fresh water, especially during dry weather, to help and encourage these prickly creatures into your garden.
  • Put up a Pollinating Bee LogBumblebee Nester & Mini Mammal HabitatSolitary Bee Hive or a Bumblebee Nester to provide a home for Bees and attract them into your garden to pollinate your crops.
  • Look after our Butterflies, Moths and Bees by providing a Butterfly and Moth FeederButterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station, or a Butterfly Biome.
  • Dead head flowers this will encourage new flowers and extend the flowering period, providing bees, butterflies and insects with valuable food.
  • Put up Swift Nest BoxesSwallow Nest Boxes and House Martin Nest Boxes, the young birds will be looking for nest sites for next year before they leave at the end of summer.

 

Woodstone Swift Nest Box

CJ Wildlife Woodstone Swift Nest Box

 

Swallow Nest Box

CJ Wildlife Swallow Nest Box

 

Single Chamber House Martin Nest Box

 House Martin Nest Box - Single Chamber

Double Chamber House Martin Nest Box

CJ Wildlife House Martin Nest Box - Double Chamber

 

 

 

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