July is one of the hottest months of the year, so keeping plants well-watered is key. It’s also a great time for harvesting fruit and veg, which can be eaten freshly picked from the garden. If you’ve got a glut or are stuck for recipe ideas, why not make up batches of delicious jams and chutneys to enjoy over the winter months?
Lawns take a battering over the summer months and may be looking a little worse for wear by July. Consider watering your lawn during really hot conditions, particularly in areas next to conifer hedging which can suffer from drought.
Fruit & Vegetables
Start harvesting runner beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, early potatoes, radishes, courgettes, tomatoes, chillies and peppers. Sow kale, broccoli, sprouting broccoli, cabbages and spring greens in modules ready for planting out next month. Feed tomatoes once the first truss of flowers has appeared.
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Keep an eye out for aphids, powdery mildew and other bugs and treat at the first signs of trouble. Ants and wasps will also be active at this time of year, so decide in advance how you are going to tackle these pests and stock up on any products in advance.
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