It's mid summer and it's time to prepare the garden for holidays and relaxing family times.
Hopefully barbecues and outdoor eating will provide enjoyable get-togethers with friends and family and opportunities to show off your garden!
Beds and Borders
- As flowers fade it's a good idea to remove the dead and dying heads of flowering bedding plants so that the plant is denied the opportunity to set seed. This dead-heading ensures the plant continues to produce even more blooms in its attempt to set seed and complete its lifetime job.
- Other jobs that will increase the flower power in your garden includes watering if the soil becomes dry and feeding over the leaves and around the roots on a fortnightly basis.
Sow seeds of winter pansies, wallflowers and forget-me-nots so that you will have good sized seedlings ready to plant out at the beginning of autumn.
- As the roots of flowers and vegetables growing in containers and hanging baskets get bigger, the compost will need watering more frequently.
- Continue to sow seeds of cut-and-come-again lettuce and salad leaves in containers. They will provide tender edible foliage for late summer salads.
- Watering is vital to a decent lawn in mid-summer when dry periods of several days are common.
- The trick with lawn watering is to give the area a complete soak once a week instead of wetting just the surface regularly.
- This is the easiest way to ensure your lawn is lush and healthy throughout the summer.
- Picking of runner beans, French beans and courgettes should start in July.
- New potatoes such as Swift and Maris Bard should be ready for an early harvest in July where they will provide a really tasty crop for a Sunday treat.
If you have the space plant out winter green seedlings such a winter cauliflowers and sprouting broccoli.
- The branches of plum trees are particularly brittle, but can be tied to an upright stem to help bear the weight.
- Strawberry plants will now be sending out "runners" that carry new plants on the end of long, thin stems.
- You can easily propagate new plants that will extend your collection or replace plants that have become old and of low productivity.