What to do Now / July

Gardening Advice

What to do Now / July

  • Cut lavender for drying, choosing newly opened flowers for the best fragrance, then hang up in a cool, dark place
  • Give dahlias a liquid feed, keep them well watered and tie the shoots of tall varieties to sturdy stakes as they grow
  • Hoe and hand-weed borders often, so weeds don't have time to set seed
  • Water and feed sweet peas regularly, pick the flowers every few days, and remove seed pods to prolong flowering
  • Plant autumn bulbs, including nerines, colchicums and sternbergia, in pots and borders
  • Check crops such as runner beans regularly for aphids, and rub or wash them off straight away, before they multiply
  • Water thirsty plants such as celery, beans, peas, courgettes, pumpkins and tomatoes regularly
  • Make the last pickings of rhubarb and remove any flower spikes that start to form, cutting right down at the base
  • Thin out heavy crops of apples, pears and plums, and remove any malformed, damaged or undersized fruits
  • Prune plum trees in dry weather, when silver leaf fungal disease is less prevalent
  • Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days to improve air circulation
  • Continue pinching out any sideshoots growing from the leaf joints of cordon tomatoes
  • Take cuttings from fuchsias, coleus, pelargoniums, marguerites and other tender perennials
  • Water tomatoes daily to prevent drying out, which can lead to split fruits and blossom end rot
  • Order cold-stored potato tubers for planting in a greenhouse or cool porch next month, to harvest at Christmas
  • Compost your kitchen and garden waste, chopping up and mixing the contents to speed up decomposition
  • Top up bird baths, ponds and water features during hot weather
  • Water new trees, shrubs and perennials planted in spring, to help them through dry spells
  • Trim conifers and other garden hedges
  • Scoop out any floating pondweed and algae from pools and water features
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