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Essential Tips for Gardening in July

Planting Guide July

1. Container care

If you're nurturing plants or trees in containers, July demands careful attention to ensure their health and vitality. The summer heat can quickly dry out pots, so it's crucial to keep them well-watered. Additionally, to support robust growth and vibrant foliage, feed your container plants and trees with a liquid fertiliser every two weeks. By maintaining consistent watering and nutrient intake, you'll help your container garden thrive throughout the season, ensuring a flourishing display of greenery and blooms.

Container Plants

2. Flower focus

Transform your outdoor space into a colourful oasis with flowers like hydrangeas, pansies, echinacea, and coreopsis. These varieties flourish in diverse conditions, offering a spectrum of hues that elevate any garden landscape. Not only do they enhance aesthetic appeal, but these flowers also attract vital pollinators, enriching your garden ecosystem. Whether in sunny spots or shaded areas, these blooms promise enduring beauty and vibrant displays throughout the season.

3. Compost management

In July, prioritise effective compost management to nurture a thriving garden ecosystem. Regularly turning your compost heap promotes quicker decomposition and boosts beneficial microbial activity. Maintain a balanced mix of green (nitrogen-rich) materials such as kitchen scraps and brown (carbon-rich) materials like dried leaves or straw to ensure nutrient-rich compost. Layering organic matter helps retain moisture and supports decomposition in the summer heat. Consider starting a new compost heap if your current one is nearing capacity, allowing you to sustainably manage seasonal garden waste and enrich your soil naturally for healthier plants.

Compost heap

4. Veggie care

In July, ensure optimal growth of tomatoes, cucumbers, and courgettes by supporting them with stakes or cages to maintain upright growth and facilitate harvesting. Regularly pick ripe vegetables to encourage continuous production and prevent over-ripening. Supplement your garden by sowing quick-maturing crops like beetroot, carrots, radishes, and salad greens throughout the month to extend your harvest and diversify your produce. These practices will help you maintain a healthy and productive vegetable garden throughout the summer season.

5. Hedge trimming

July presents a prime opportunity for hedge maintenance, as nesting birds have usually completed their breeding season. Regular trimming not only encourages dense growth and preserves shape but also promotes healthier plants by stimulating new growth. When trimming, ensure your tools are sharp to achieve clean cuts that minimise stress on the hedge. It's advisable to avoid trimming during extremely hot or dry periods to prevent undue strain on the plants. Before starting, carefully inspect the hedge for any late-nesting birds to avoid disturbing them. By incorporating these practices into your gardening routine, you'll maintain tidy and attractive hedges that enhance the overall beauty of your outdoor space throughout the summer.

Hedge Trimming

6. Climbing Plants

July marks the perfect time to nurture climbing plants such as clematis, honeysuckle, and climbing roses. Begin by training and supporting these vines with new ties and supports, ensuring they are evenly spaced and securely anchored to encourage upward growth. Regularly inspect the ties to prevent them from constricting or damaging the plant stems as they expand. By diligently tending to these climbing beauties now, you'll promote healthy growth and ensure they enhance your garden with their vibrant blooms and lush foliage throughout the summer.


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