Even though we seem to be experiencing a typical British slow start to the sunny season, I’m sure it is not here to stay. Hopefully come July the temperature will get consistently warmer and your garden will be able to benefit.
In the meantime there are some things you can do ahead of the warmer weather to continue to get the most from your garden.
Tidy/ Prune Hedges
Beginning of July is the ideal time to tidy/ prune hedges so they can flourish through the warmer months. Also be sure to water them regularly.
Make sure you keep your plants hydrated especially during any long, dry spells. Hanging baskets and potted plants can be watered up to 2x day when it’s really dry.
Clean Out The Garden
Keep your garden looking tidy and remove any dead plants, branches or any other foliage from flower beds. Edge around your lawn to keep things looking fresh.
Harvest Summer Vegetables
If you’ve planted some vegetables in your garden, certain ones will be ready to be picked come early July. Lettuce, spring onions, turnips, potatoes and carrots should be harvested and eaten!
If you’ve got a greenhouse you’ll know it’s important to keep it well ventilated. Open doors and vents as often as possible to keep the air circulating and fresh. If you are planning a holiday perhaps ask a neighbour to look after your greenhouse and open it up whilst you’re away.
Keep Pests Away
Slugs and snails can be a bit of a nuisance but you can keep them away using natural solutions. If you water your garden first thing in the morning so that the soil is dryer and more difficult for them to through at night time.
Also remove any potential hiding places such as empty pots, large rocks and piles of damp wood. Red spider mites are common to gardens and greenhouse plants and are harmful for plants. Inspect your plants regularly. You’ll know if you’ve got an infestation if your plants have small brown spots on the leaves underside. Banish these mites by keeping the plants damp and removing any infested leaves.