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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

In The Flower Garden

  • Pick bulbils from lily stems and pot them up to raise new plants
  • Give shrubs and perennial plants a liquid feed
  • Cut down delphiniums once flower spikes fade
  • Take cuttings from non-flowering shoots on hydrangeas

 

Good plant combination

  • Pick sweet peas regularly and remove any seed heads to keep them flowering
  • Shorten shoots on choisya to encourage a second flush of flowers
  • Feed roses to keep them flowering strongly
  • Pinch out the shoot tips on fuchsias and bedding plants for bushier growth
  • Save seed from foxgloves and sow right away in small pots of compost
  • Be vigilant for signs of lily beetle, vine weevil, Solomon’s seal sawfly and other problem pests

 

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Pick gooseberries when ripe. If they’re still very green, small and hard, leave them a bit longer. Some varieties turn red or white as they ripen
  • Prune bay trees to keep them in shape
  • Spray apples and gooseberries with a fungicide to protect against mildew
  • Lift early potatoes
  • Pick mangetout peas and beans
  • Spray gooseberries to prevent sawfly attack
  • Sow an autumn crop of peas before mid-July
  • Tie in new growth on cordon-trained tomatoes and pinch out sideshoots. Bush varieties can be left to scramble over the soil
  • Water runner beans, celery, marrows, courgettes and salads
  • Sow seeds of salad leaves, beetroot, radishes, spring cabbages, kohl rabi, Swiss chard, spinach, Oriental greens, chicory, swede and turnips for green tops

In The Greenhouse

  • Repot any plants that are pot bound or getting top heavy. Tall plants are best placed in terracotta pots for extra stability
  • Open all vents and prop doors open on warm days to improve ventilation
  • Bring large-leaved houseplants into the garden and hose them down to clean off dust. Wipe dry and apply a leaf shine for an attractive glossy finish before bringing back inside
  • Thin bunches of greenhouse grapes
  • Take cuttings from pelargoniums, fuchsias, marguerites, penstemon, carnations, diascia and many others
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor each morning on hot days to increase humidity
  • Stand pot plants on capillary matting, or in trays of gravel and water, so they don’t dry out
  • Hang up sticky yellow traps to catch whitefly and flying insects
  • Propagate houseplants, including monstera, dracaena and croton, by air layering

 

Generally

  • Pick herbs, lavender and everlasting flowers to hang and dry
  • Be on the lookout for developing pest problems and take action
  • Dig out problem lawn weeds or treat with weedkiller
  • Re-seed bare patches in lawns
  • Wash out pond filters
  • Water hydrangeas with a colourant solution if you want blue flowers
  • Use a circuit breaker (RCD) when using electric tools
  • Scoop floating weed from ponds with a net
  • Trim hedges and topiary
  • Top up bird baths regularly

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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

In The Flower Garden

  • Pick bulbils from lily stems and pot them up to raise new plants
  • Give shrubs and perennial plants a liquid feed
  • Cut down delphiniums once flower spikes fade
  • Take cuttings from non-flowering shoots on hydrangeas

 

Good plant combination

  • Pick sweet peas regularly and remove any seed heads to keep them flowering
  • Shorten shoots on choisya to encourage a second flush of flowers
  • Feed roses to keep them flowering strongly
  • Pinch out the shoot tips on fuchsias and bedding plants for bushier growth
  • Save seed from foxgloves and sow right away in small pots of compost
  • Be vigilant for signs of lily beetle, vine weevil, Solomon’s seal sawfly and other problem pests

 

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Pick gooseberries when ripe. If they’re still very green, small and hard, leave them a bit longer. Some varieties turn red or white as they ripen
  • Prune bay trees to keep them in shape
  • Spray apples and gooseberries with a fungicide to protect against mildew
  • Lift early potatoes
  • Pick mangetout peas and beans
  • Spray gooseberries to prevent sawfly attack
  • Sow an autumn crop of peas before mid-July
  • Tie in new growth on cordon-trained tomatoes and pinch out sideshoots. Bush varieties can be left to scramble over the soil
  • Water runner beans, celery, marrows, courgettes and salads
  • Sow seeds of salad leaves, beetroot, radishes, spring cabbages, kohl rabi, Swiss chard, spinach, Oriental greens, chicory, swede and turnips for green tops

In The Greenhouse

  • Repot any plants that are pot bound or getting top heavy. Tall plants are best placed in terracotta pots for extra stability
  • Open all vents and prop doors open on warm days to improve ventilation
  • Bring large-leaved houseplants into the garden and hose them down to clean off dust. Wipe dry and apply a leaf shine for an attractive glossy finish before bringing back inside
  • Thin bunches of greenhouse grapes
  • Take cuttings from pelargoniums, fuchsias, marguerites, penstemon, carnations, diascia and many others
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor each morning on hot days to increase humidity
  • Stand pot plants on capillary matting, or in trays of gravel and water, so they don’t dry out
  • Hang up sticky yellow traps to catch whitefly and flying insects
  • Propagate houseplants, including monstera, dracaena and croton, by air layering

 

Generally

  • Pick herbs, lavender and everlasting flowers to hang and dry
  • Be on the lookout for developing pest problems and take action
  • Dig out problem lawn weeds or treat with weedkiller
  • Re-seed bare patches in lawns
  • Wash out pond filters
  • Water hydrangeas with a colourant solution if you want blue flowers
  • Use a circuit breaker (RCD) when using electric tools
  • Scoop floating weed from ponds with a net
  • Trim hedges and topiary
  • Top up bird baths regularly

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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

In The Flower Garden

  • Pick bulbils from lily stems and pot them up to raise new plants
  • Give shrubs and perennial plants a liquid feed
  • Cut down delphiniums once flower spikes fade
  • Take cuttings from non-flowering shoots on hydrangeas

 

Good plant combination

  • Pick sweet peas regularly and remove any seed heads to keep them flowering
  • Shorten shoots on choisya to encourage a second flush of flowers
  • Feed roses to keep them flowering strongly
  • Pinch out the shoot tips on fuchsias and bedding plants for bushier growth
  • Save seed from foxgloves and sow right away in small pots of compost
  • Be vigilant for signs of lily beetle, vine weevil, Solomon’s seal sawfly and other problem pests

 

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Pick gooseberries when ripe. If they’re still very green, small and hard, leave them a bit longer. Some varieties turn red or white as they ripen
  • Prune bay trees to keep them in shape
  • Spray apples and gooseberries with a fungicide to protect against mildew
  • Lift early potatoes
  • Pick mangetout peas and beans
  • Spray gooseberries to prevent sawfly attack
  • Sow an autumn crop of peas before mid-July
  • Tie in new growth on cordon-trained tomatoes and pinch out sideshoots. Bush varieties can be left to scramble over the soil
  • Water runner beans, celery, marrows, courgettes and salads
  • Sow seeds of salad leaves, beetroot, radishes, spring cabbages, kohl rabi, Swiss chard, spinach, Oriental greens, chicory, swede and turnips for green tops

In The Greenhouse

  • Repot any plants that are pot bound or getting top heavy. Tall plants are best placed in terracotta pots for extra stability
  • Open all vents and prop doors open on warm days to improve ventilation
  • Bring large-leaved houseplants into the garden and hose them down to clean off dust. Wipe dry and apply a leaf shine for an attractive glossy finish before bringing back inside
  • Thin bunches of greenhouse grapes
  • Take cuttings from pelargoniums, fuchsias, marguerites, penstemon, carnations, diascia and many others
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor each morning on hot days to increase humidity
  • Stand pot plants on capillary matting, or in trays of gravel and water, so they don’t dry out
  • Hang up sticky yellow traps to catch whitefly and flying insects
  • Propagate houseplants, including monstera, dracaena and croton, by air layering

 

Generally

  • Pick herbs, lavender and everlasting flowers to hang and dry
  • Be on the lookout for developing pest problems and take action
  • Dig out problem lawn weeds or treat with weedkiller
  • Re-seed bare patches in lawns
  • Wash out pond filters
  • Water hydrangeas with a colourant solution if you want blue flowers
  • Use a circuit breaker (RCD) when using electric tools
  • Scoop floating weed from ponds with a net
  • Trim hedges and topiary
  • Top up bird baths regularly

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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

In The Flower Garden

  • Pick bulbils from lily stems and pot them up to raise new plants
  • Give shrubs and perennial plants a liquid feed
  • Cut down delphiniums once flower spikes fade
  • Take cuttings from non-flowering shoots on hydrangeas

 

Good plant combination

  • Pick sweet peas regularly and remove any seed heads to keep them flowering
  • Shorten shoots on choisya to encourage a second flush of flowers
  • Feed roses to keep them flowering strongly
  • Pinch out the shoot tips on fuchsias and bedding plants for bushier growth
  • Save seed from foxgloves and sow right away in small pots of compost
  • Be vigilant for signs of lily beetle, vine weevil, Solomon’s seal sawfly and other problem pests

 

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Pick gooseberries when ripe. If they’re still very green, small and hard, leave them a bit longer. Some varieties turn red or white as they ripen
  • Prune bay trees to keep them in shape
  • Spray apples and gooseberries with a fungicide to protect against mildew
  • Lift early potatoes
  • Pick mangetout peas and beans
  • Spray gooseberries to prevent sawfly attack
  • Sow an autumn crop of peas before mid-July
  • Tie in new growth on cordon-trained tomatoes and pinch out sideshoots. Bush varieties can be left to scramble over the soil
  • Water runner beans, celery, marrows, courgettes and salads
  • Sow seeds of salad leaves, beetroot, radishes, spring cabbages, kohl rabi, Swiss chard, spinach, Oriental greens, chicory, swede and turnips for green tops

In The Greenhouse

  • Repot any plants that are pot bound or getting top heavy. Tall plants are best placed in terracotta pots for extra stability
  • Open all vents and prop doors open on warm days to improve ventilation
  • Bring large-leaved houseplants into the garden and hose them down to clean off dust. Wipe dry and apply a leaf shine for an attractive glossy finish before bringing back inside
  • Thin bunches of greenhouse grapes
  • Take cuttings from pelargoniums, fuchsias, marguerites, penstemon, carnations, diascia and many others
  • Damp down the greenhouse floor each morning on hot days to increase humidity
  • Stand pot plants on capillary matting, or in trays of gravel and water, so they don’t dry out
  • Hang up sticky yellow traps to catch whitefly and flying insects
  • Propagate houseplants, including monstera, dracaena and croton, by air layering

 

Generally

  • Pick herbs, lavender and everlasting flowers to hang and dry
  • Be on the lookout for developing pest problems and take action
  • Dig out problem lawn weeds or treat with weedkiller
  • Re-seed bare patches in lawns
  • Wash out pond filters
  • Water hydrangeas with a colourant solution if you want blue flowers
  • Use a circuit breaker (RCD) when using electric tools
  • Scoop floating weed from ponds with a net
  • Trim hedges and topiary
  • Top up bird baths regularly

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