Gardening in July brings longer, warmer days that continue late into the evening. This is the perfect month for pottering in the garden after work, hosting barbecues, garden parties and splashing in the pool.
What to do now
There’s plenty to keep you busy in the garden during the long summer days in July. This is the month to be deadheading roses and fuchsias, keeping beds and borders tidy and watering the lawn and young seedlings. There are plenty of crops to harvest in the vegetable garden throughout the summer months.
- Mow lawn weekly.
- Keep lawns well-watered.
- Keep on top of weed control on lawns.
July is an easy month for lawn maintenance. Mow the lawn once a week and aerate the lawn to create good airflow and moisture circulation. Water the lawn in the morning giving the soil about an inch of water.
Beds and borders
- Water plants in the evening to reduce evaporation.
- Cut back and tidy hanging baskets to encourage new growth.
- Deadhead bedding plants to encourage more growth.
- Give Wisteria a light summer prune.
- Make sure tall plants and climbers are well supported.
- Water at dusk to reduce evaporation, use mulch to retain moisture.
- Cut back faded perennials to keep borders tidy.
- Take cuttings from favourite shrubs and perennials.
- Plant autumn flowering bulbs.
Watering plants is a priority while gardening in July. Water the beds deeply in the early evening to help reduce water evaporation. Applying mulch to garden beds with compost will also help to keeps beds and borders moist during the hot weather. If water restrictions are in place, give priority to hanging baskets, containers and young seedlings.
Keep beds and borders tidy, deadheading perennials to encourage further flowering. Take soft cuttings from perennials and plant out autumn flowering bulbs and bedding plants.
- Harvest crops regularly to encourage plants to produce more.
- Pinch out and trim tomato shoots to encourage airflow and prevent disease.
- Feed tomato plants.
- Pick runner beans before they become stringy.
- Earth up potatoes adding more compost to cover the tubers.
- Harvest potatoes after they have flowered.
- Peg down strawberry runners for new plants next year.
- Pepper plants will benefit from being put in larger pots.
- Dry or freeze herbs for later use in the year.
- Check for cabbage white butterfly eggs on brassica.
- Clear away diseased and spent foliage from vegetable plants.
- Clear away weeds.
- Check regularly for pests.
Watering tomatoes and salad greens are a priority in the vegetable garden this month. Continue to sow lettuce, spinach and radish throughout this month as space becomes available after harvesting. Many salad varieties are great for succession planting. Direct sow beetroot, carrots, peas and beans. Plant out cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.
Weeds and pests
- Keep on top of those pesky weeds, frequently removing them.
- Check for aphids removing them regularly.
- Check for vine weevils.
Damp down in the greenhouse to increase humidity and deter red spider mites. Open doors and vents during the day to ventilate. Create shade in the greenhouse to protect plants from overheating.
Remember on these hot summer days to provide a fresh water source for garden birds. Let me know in the comments what birds and wildlife are visiting your garden this month.