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Your guide to July

Our monthly guides are all you need to ensure your garden keeps blooming. Here you can find out what to sow, plant and maintain, along with a Focus on... a new plant and tips for wildlife conservation in your garden. Let's get going.....

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What to sow this month for a productive garden

Stay ahead of the game with our jobs list, tailored to this month in your garden and allotment

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One of the jewels of the midsummer garden in dazzling colours and modern forms.

Predators and prey are a sign of a garden in harmony with nature. Invite them in and enjoy a healthy garden.

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Feed, Feed, Feed

Whatever your folly, the chances are you have something that needs a feed.

  • Tomatoes are powering through to ripening so give them a fortnightly feed with Tomato feed or homemade comfrey.

  • Dahlias will also be in full flower and a good top up of seaweed or comfrey feed will increase their flowering period.

  • Any pots, containers, baskets, bathtubs, old tyres will need a feed. Compost will be tiring so push your displays through another couple months with a fortnightly feed.

Harvest, Eat, Sow, Repeat

It sounds silly but you must eat what you have harvested. Firstly, if you don't, why did you sow it in the first place and also if you don't enjoy your produce your plants won't keep providing. Beans and peas are the best example of this; the more you eat, the more you extend the flowering season as they are desperate to set seed and in turn the more produce you enjoy.
As crops are eaten or set to seed, sow small amounts and sow often to ensure a continuing harvest through the summer and in to autumn.
Carrots, peas, lettuce and radish can all be sown now.

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Deadhead

The ultimate in tidying up. So much is in flower at the moment but these individual flowers don't last forever. To keep a plant flowering and your garden ship shape, snip off any scruffy looking flowers with small, sharp snips and compost the lot. It's extremely satisfying.

Cover up your brassicas

Cabbage white butterflies are out and about this month, looking for places to make baby caterpillars and you need that to not be on your brassicas. If you have a removable cage then pop that on or net them with a simple cane, net, pots on top structure. Peg your net at the bottom to keep it taut and ensure birds don't get tangled up in it. No cabbage is worth that. Try planting Nasturiums near your brassicas as well as these can be used as sacrificial plants, luring caterpillars away from your brassicas and on to their delicious peppery leaves.

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Take softwood cuttings

There are few finer things than free plants and mastering the not- too- tricky- but -a little- bit- tricky art of taking cuttings is worth your time. Cuttings multiply your own stock and allow you to clone plants from friends and neighbours if you spot a particularly lovely specimen.

Softwood cuttings are the easiest to master and involves cutting the soft, new, non- flowering growth from a plant and potting it on. See our guide to taking softwood cuttings here....

These are some plants to consider practising on this month.

  • Blueberries

  • Hydrangeas

  • Woody herbs

  • Salvias 

Cut back early summer perennials 

Consider this a slightly later version of the Chelsea chop. By cutting back your early summer flowering herbaceous perennials, you not only tidy up your garden but you can encourage a second flush of flowering to see you through to the end of the summer. Plants that particularly benefit from this are Hardy Geraniums, Primulas, Campanulas, Alchemillia and Asters. This isn't cutting them back to the ground though, please don't do that. Reducing them by a third and removing spent flower stems will do.

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