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5th July 2018

JULY – GARDENING TIPS

JULY – TOP GARDENING TIPS

Summer is here and now is the time to make the most of this glorious weather and bring the inside out… set up the candles and cosy cushions around your firepit and enjoy the long summer evenings.

Agapanthus navy blue

The spring colour is fading but the vibrant colours of summer are emerging so keep on the lookout where ever you are for some wonderful colour combinations if you have an area that needs a lift.

Archillia

I love Salvias (salvia amisted below) as their majestic purple glows and throw in a splash of orange and lime greens and everything sings or go wild and add achillea paprika (above)

Salvia amstead

For a wonderful summer planting combination try – Stipa tenuissima with Salvia sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ …. with calafornia poppies and allium drumsticks – Allium ‘sphaerocephalon….

Salvia grasses & alliums

JOBS TO DO IN THE GARDEN

  • Prune long whippy wisteria shoots to 10-20cm of main branch then again in January.
  • Prune back group 1 clematis (ie Clematis Montana )
  • Tidy perennials such as geraniums to ground level, water well and they will give you another round of flowers
  • Take cuttings of tender perennials like – salvias, penstemons, lavender to increase your stocks and replace others that have not survived.
  • Divide Bearded Irises
  • Roses – keep deadheading as this will encourage new flowers
  • Keep picking annuals or they will seed.
  • Harvest flowers early morning or late evening so they will last longer and there is still time to plant zinnias and cosmos .

THE VEG PATCH

Everything is coming ripe and ready for picking the spinach and lettuces are going crazy, my french butter beans are looking good, and the soya beans are putting out pods, unfortunately my rocket has turned out to be radishes so I hope the 3 rows I planted will come in handy!

  • Sow kale, lettuce, carrots, beetroot now and french beans in spaces where things have finished or in between the brassicas
  • Keep pinching out side shoots of tomatoes and feed once a week
  • Keep applying Compfry liquid fertiliser to Fruiting Veg – Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
  • Rhubarb can be lifted and divided now
  • Harvest your garlic if ready and check out our great garlic pesto recipe a favourite amongst our family.

THE ORCHARD

  • Heavy branches laden with fruit will need thinning 2-3 apples in a bunch
  • Prune plum trees now
  • Prune grape vines – cut back stems to 2 leaves from the last bunch of fruit
  • water well fruit blueberry bushes, currents or any fruiting tree

summer redcurrents

THE HERB GARDEN

Aromatic herbs develop their full aroma in late morning which is why this is the best time to cut them.

  • Cut back herbs to encourage new growth – chives, fennel and marjoram.
  • Prune back Lavender once it has flowered, collect and dry the stems ready for our wonderful Lavender Workshop in October.

 

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