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Friday January 18 , 2019

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July Garden Jobs

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After what has been a record breaking June for many we're now into July and the hot weather looks like it's going to last so staying on top of watering looks to be the dominant job for July.  

As for other jobs...

 

  • Summer prune your fruit cordons and espaliers
  • Keep weeds down around fruiting trees and other edibles to reduce the competition for nutrients
  • Thin out fruit crops.
  • Deadhead as often as possible to encourage more flowers
  • Keep an eye on water levels - especially containers, pots and hanging baskets
  • Harvest any fruit and vegetables that are available and if there is too much to eat either give it away or freeze it
  • Hoe the borders regularly to keep weeds at bay
  • Check plants regularly for pests and diseases
  • Make sure bird baths and watering stations have plenty of clean and fresh water
  • If you have a pond check it regularly and top it up as necessary
  • Trim hedges this month (if you're sure there are no nests or existing ones have been vacated, remember that some birds come back for a second brood).  If you're unsure, wait a bit longer
  • Plan the autumn vegetable plot and sow seeds as appropriate
  • Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes and keep them evenly moist to avoid blossom end rot (fruit splitting)
  • If you have a greenhouse keep it well ventilated and shaded
  • Keep your potted acers well watered and out of direct sunlight in order to avoid leaf scorch
  • If you do get the chance to get into your garden and the sun is shining do wear a hat and sun lotion and don't forget to stay hydrated too.

 

 

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Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.

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