July is where the garden is really in full flow. Hopefully we have flowers galore to enjoy. Plus there is lots to do to plan for the year ahead. A productive Summer thinking about Spring next year can make all the difference. All the seeds over the next few months will focus on creating a gorgeous garden easily- by being one step ahead and planting flowers early. This will save time and money in the long run!
Gardening jobs for July to keep you busy…
- Give dahlias a liquid feed, keep them well watered and tie the shoots of tall varieties to sturdy stakes as they grow
- Weed, weed, weed those borders making sure you catch any weeds before they go to seed!
- Water and feed sweet peas regularly, pick the flowers every few days, and remove seed pods to prolong flowering
- Feed, water and deadhead summer bedding regularly, in pots, borders and hanging baskets- particularly if it is hot and dry
- Cut back early summer perennials, such as hardy geraniums and delphiniums, after flowering for a second flush
- Take softwood cuttings from shrubs such as hydrangeas and spiraea
- Feed and deadhead roses to keep them flowering strongly (a tomato feed is best to encourage healthy flowers)
- Keep watch for pests such as lily beetles, snails, aphids, and vine weevils, and remove before they do too much harm
- Sow biennials for flowers next year (I’ve got you covered on this one!)
- Don’t forget to take photos to look back on in the winter. You’ll be really pleased you did for when you’re planning your borders next year.
- Grab a drink and enjoy the garden- take in the nature & wildlife and all of those gorgeous flowers you’ve grown!