Usually we’d advise watering your plants thoroughly at least
once or twice a week, as opposed to every day. This encourages your plants to hunt
down their roots in search of extra water. However, as June produced a tsunami
of rain, we recommend you gauge your own watering schedule depending on the
forecast in your area.
Slugs and snails will be having a field day in this weather.
Keep an eye out for the tell tale signs of their intrusion and take necessary
precautions if you find your plants are being sabotaged.
Greenfly and blackfly absolutely adore the heat, so if we do
finally get a real summer, be vigilant. The best non-chemical control is luring
their natural enemies in your garden, which includes ladybirds and lacewing
Weeds Perfect weather for plant growth = perfect weather for weed
Where you can, opt for prevention over cure. Prevention
comes in the form of mulching your boarders. If you don’t know where to start
weeding or how can you even make a dent - pick the weeds that are flowering, as
they will be adding to your problem!
Harvest July is a fruity month as the first round of blackberries,
blueberries and cherries should be ready. Not forgetting those early peaches,
nectarines and plums. Although we must add, try to be patient. If they still
need time to ripen - let them! Nobody will be impressed with your super sour berries
and rock hard peaches anyway!
Prepare for Harvest
Be sure to dry out garlic and onions a few days before you
harvest them. Ensure you do this during a dry spell of weather or there won’t
be much drying going on. Lift your bulbs
from the soil and let them soak up the summer sun.
Water your tomatoes with a liquid feed and resist the urge
to pick your outdoor fruits until they are perfectly ripe and sweet.