What to do in July in the garden - our top jobs

by Natasha Starkell | 11.07.2013 | summer , garden , gardening | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

What to do in July in the garden - our top jobs

What to do in July in the garden - our top jobs

At the time of writing the sky is distinctly grey, BUT we have had some warm weekends and the forecast is good for the rest of the month. So no excuse not to be out there...

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At the time of writing the sky is distinctly grey, BUT we have had some warm weekends and the forecast is good for the rest of the month. So no excuse not to be out there...

1. As soon as you feel confident the rain will stay away for a day or so, get out your paintbrush and tidy up any woodwork and walls.

2. Deadhead like you mean it, unless you’re after the skeletal, sculptural look - and millions of little seedlings. Cutting off the old flower heads means the plant’s energy can’t go into seed production, and there’s a chance it’ll flower again before its season is over.

3. Feed the lawn. It’ll love you for it.

4. “Pinch out tomatoes”. I had no idea what this meant until a lecture from my disbelieving mother-in-law as she stared, aghast, at our 6 foot, straggling tomato plants (with a sad dearth of fruits...). Basically - it’s all about conserving that energy again. Once the plants have grown as high as you want / they can (ie to the top of a cane), pinch off - literally, with your finger and thumb - the top shoots to keep them at that level. Also pinch out any little shoots that emerge at the junction between the main stem and its side shoots. You want tomatoes, not a Triffid farm.

5. Keep an eye out for bugs and aphids on your plants. The tips of our blueberry stems have just been covered with black aphids, which suck out the sap and distort growth - but as we don’t want to be spraying insecticide all over our pancake ingredients, squishing is the best approach. A 4 year old, if you have one, can sometimes be persuaded to do this, but make sure they don’t over enthusiastically mash the tender new leaves into a sorry pulp.

Anyway, after all this pinching, squishing, feeding and cutting, don’t forget to sit back and enjoy. A jug of Pimms will do the business. It’s official, 99 Roots said so.

 


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