Garden Calendar

July

Flower Borders:

  • Dead head faded flowers of bedding plants and roses to encourage repeat flowering.
  • Cut down stems of perennials that have already finished flowering by half, e.g. Lupins and Delphiniums, and they may give you a second flush of flowers.  Feed after cutting back.
  • Tie in the young shoots of Dahlias.
  • Take semi hard cuttings of many shrubs such as Camellia, Ceanothus, Cistus, Potentilla and Viburnum.
  • Early in the month cut Lavender for drying. Cut as soon as the flowers show colour. Tie in small bundles and hang in a shed or porch to dry. Once dry, rub the flowers off the stalk and place in small bowls or little muslin bags.

Hanging Baskets & Containers:

  • Water every day and feed once a week.

Vegetable Patch:

  • Continue to sow salad crops outside.
  • Water onions and weed around them.
  • Continue to harvest herbs to dry or to freeze.

Fruit Garden:

  • Trim trained fruit trees, e.g. cordons, espaliers and fans of unwanted shoots.
  • Harvest Blackcurrants, Strawberries and Raspberries.
  • Tomatoes grown in the greenhouse may start fruiting. Keep the plants supported, regularly remove side shoots and feed.