Tasks for July
Now we're in to high summer, we need to keep deadheading to ensure flowers continue, whether it's bedding, perennials or roses (not all roses repeat flower but a lot of patio and shrub roses do).
If you're growing produce you're now starting to reap the rewards of your crops. There's nothing more satisfying than cooking something you've grown yourself, not to mention the food miles you've saved by doing so! Here's a few handy hints to be getting on with in the garden this month.
Keep on top of hoeing and hand-weeding borders, so that weeds don't have time to set seed. As the saying goes 'One year's seeds equals seven years weeds!'
Look out for pests such as lily beetles, snails, aphids and vine weevils, and remove before they do too much harm.
Feed and deadhead roses to keep them flowering strongly. Healthy plants are less likely to become diseased.
Keep picking your courgettes before they become gigantic prize winning marrows!
If you have a pond then plant low-growing plants at the edges of your pond so that baby frogs have safe hiding places to shelter in.
Pick and enjoy your Strawberries and Raspberries regularly. You deserve it after all your hard work!