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Jobs for your garden this July

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July is a lovely month when gardens are looking at their best. If you’ve been growing your own this year, you’ll probably be enjoying some of those crops too – tomatoes, strawberries, courgettes and runner beans to name but a few.

A really great July means lots of time spent in the garden, enjoying the space that you have helped to create. But don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you busy out there this month, too. Here are just a few ideas of gardening jobs for July:

Keep feeding those plants

Watering tomatoes

With so much growth happening right now, and so much flowering, give your plants a helping hand to look their best by giving them a weekly feed. There are different types of feed available but as a good general purpose and good value feed, choose tomato feed. If you are wondering what to do in the garden in July, watering and feeding have got to be the most important tasks on the list.

If you’re growing tomatoes, water them daily – don’t let them dry out – feed them weekly. Keep pinching out any sideshoots.

Keep deadheading

Closeup of a gardener deadheading a cosmos flower

Deadheading cosmos is a great way to get flowers right the way to first frosts.

Many of the plants in our gardens will benefit very much from a regular ‘deadheading’ session. So what is deadheading? When a flower is past its best, simply snip it off (cutting as far back down the stem as you can, until you meet another stem, a leaf or bud). It’s importat to get rid of the dead flowerheads as it encourages the plant to produce many more flowers, and for longer, so just a quick trim every few days will bring the best out of your plants. This works really well for dahlias, roses, cosmos, geraniums, lupins and more. If you are growing sweetpeas, don’t forget to pick them regularly and bring them inside as colourful and gorgeous smelling cut flowers. By preventing the plant from being able to set seed, it will flower for longer.

Offer support

Plants in a border being supported by various canes and hoops

Take a look at some of your taller plants – are they struggling to stay upright on their own? The best rule of thumb is to stake them (putting in a cane or other support that you can loosely tie the main stem of the plant to) before they need it. I have learnt from bitter experience that once they flop, they’re never quite the same!

Now I’m almost obsessive about staking and supporting plants as early on as I can. I use a variety of different methods – canes, hoops, and trellises, and I support plants like cosmos, dahlias, gladioli… even my dianthus (pictured above) has a little hoop to help keep its lovely blooms upright. It makes a huge difference.

Still time to sow some more vegetables

Two small containers of salad leaves growing in a garden

These are my cut & come again salad leaves, grown in just these little containers and enough to keep me in salads for some time!

Even if you’ve nothing edible growing in the garden yet, it’s not too late to get growing! You’ve time to do one last batch of peas, dwarf beans and carrots for an autumn crop if you plant them in the first half of this month. You can also still sow little batches of spinach, fast growing salad leaves and rocket every few weeks so that you’ll be kept in salad for a little while yet. Choose ‘cut and come again’ varieties for extra value for money – and remember, you don’t need loads of space for this, they’ll be happy grown in fairly small pots. Don’t forget, if you need a head start with any fruit or veg, there are still plants you can buy in garden centres like Newbank in Newton-le-Willows.

Protect your veggies

If you are growing any brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc) cover them now with a fine netting. This will stop pesky cabbage white butterflies laying their eggs on the leaves and destroying your crop. Check under their leaves to see if any are hiding there! Netting is also useful if you’re growing soft fruits, such as strawberries, which may otherwise be eaten by the birds before you get a chance.

Get more strawberry plants for free

Strawberry plants in tubs in a garden with runners visible

You can see the two long runners being sent out by my strawberry plants in this picture!

If you have strawberry plants in the garden, you’ll notice they will have started sending out ‘runners’ – really long shoots with no fruit on them. If you peg these runners into some soil they will become new strawberry plants, giving you even more fruit next year! (You can snip these runners off, though, if you simply can’t cope with any more plants… but I’m not sure ‘too many plants’ is really a thing?!)

Give your houseplants some TLC

Houseplant outside in the July summer rain

A little time outdoors in July can do houseplants good – even in the summer rain!

It’s a good idea to start feeding your houseplants on a weekly basis from now until Autumn. And if your plants have accumulated dust (who’s hasn’t?), the warm days of July are a good time to take them outside and give them a gentle hose down to get them looking their best again. You can even leave the houseplants outside for a little while, and let them have a holiday in the garden while the weather is good. You might notice a real improvement in their appearance.

In need of some help in your garden?

Check out the local gardening companies we have listed in our Local Directory for Newton-le-Willows if you need help in the garden – from mowing the lawn to total landscaping projects.

About the author:

My name is Gemma. I’m the editor of Newton-le-Willows News and a very keen but amateur gardener. I enjoy growing both flowers and edibles in my garden in Goborne. You can follow my garden on Instagram @gandtgarden.

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