It really is time to enjoy your garden, sit back and look at the results of your hard work, pick your vegetables, and pick flowers to enjoy in the house, and just get every benefit from being outdoors!
However that doesn't mean that there aren't still a few things to do in the garden! Which to my mind is one of the best things of a garden, it is not a chore, it is a delight that everything changes through the seasons, and there is always something new to look at and another job to do, and to plan ahead. In these current times when planning ahead has been difficult, at least you can do this with your garden.
I do think that with all the rain we had last year, then the heat, then the rain, our gardens are looking absolutely glorious!
I will be digging up my garlic crop this week, and that feels very exciting! You never know quite what it will be like until you dig it up!
Some Things to do in the garden in July
- This is a good time to take cuttings from perennials – I bought a lovely orange diascia early this year, see first photograph it is very brittle and in planting it out I knocked a bit off! I popped it into a half and half mix of compost and horticultural sand, and now I have another plant ready to be planted out, it can be as simple as that. I took cuttings this week from a clematis montana , I found a good site online which gave me directions as they are different to other cuttings, and I am hoping that I will have some new plants to replace the rather old gnarled congested plant that is no more! Online sites are very good to find out about different methods of propagation.
- Although the heavens seem to be regularly dousing us, newly planted, trees, shrubs, and perennials may need more water to ensure they keep growing and developing roots. Water the base of the plant at the roots not the foliage.
- Sow biennials like foxgloves, sweet williams, honesty and forget me nots( although the latter self seed like mad so maybe watch out for seedlings where you want them and don't weed them out, but make sure you weed some of them out as they can begin to dominate.
- Still time to sow late summer and winter crops – leeks, carrots, cauliflower ,cabbages and dwarf peas.
- Continue to sow lettuces, radishes and beetroot in between slower growing crops. I grow lettuces in modules and plant out, then slugs aren't such a problem.
- Cut back perennials to the ground, like hardy geraniums, see second photograph to encourage later flowering and make space for annuals.
- Deadhead everything ! This encourages continued flowering.
- Collect seed where you can and store in a cool dry place, to sow either in the autumn or next spring.