July Gardening Tips
With long mid-summer evenings and many plants blooming, July is a month to really enjoy your garden. Though, there are always tasks to keep us busy and these are a few to be done this month:
- Water plants and hanging baskets every day, ideally in the cool of the morning or evening, and feed once a week with plant food such as Gro-Sure All Purpose Plant Food.
- Cut down by half, the stems of perennials such as lupins and delphiniums that have already finished flowering.
- Tie in the young shoots of dahlias.
- Cut lavender for drying 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.
- Tomatoes grown in the greenhouse may start fruiting. Keep the plants supported, regularly remove side shoots and feed. There is nothing like the scent of a freshly picked tomato to shout ‘summer’.
- Harvest courgettes before they grow too large and water onions and weed around them.
- Raise your mower blades if the weather is dry. Taller grass is more drought-tolerant, grows deeper roots, and helps shade the earth to prevent weed seeds from germinating.