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July Gardening Tasks

With July only a week away, we decided it would be a good idea to give you a list of reminders for your gardening tasks. Though we know you are the experts, it’s good to have a list in case you happen to miss anything off.

Gardening tasks for herbs

Remember, the more herbs are used, the more young, bushy growth they will produce. This will make them more tempting to harvest. Many herbs make very pretty and scented foliage to bunch alongside cut flowers too!

Late Bloomers

Veronicastrum is a perfect plant if your garden begins to fade away towards the end of summer. It’s not too late to fit in a few new plants now!

Liquid Love

Compost stores in hanging baskets are quick to deplete in summer. Now is the time to give bedding plants a liquid feed once a week for continuing blooms. An all-over trim will also give them more shape if they have become leggy.

Butterflies

If your garden isn’t packed with butterflies, try planting buddleias, valerian, or solidago in sunny, sheltered areas!

Succulents

Succulents are wonderful alternatives to bedding plants and will survive any watering breaks. You can choose lightly coloured succulents to trail from handing baskets. They can be quite hardy in mild conditions.

Roses

Remontant types of roses could get a second flush if you flower any deadhead and feed with blood, fish and bone or a potash-rich tomato fertiliser. For one-time flowers, leave the faded flowers to transform into autumn hips.

Foods

Germination of lettuce is patchy in hot weather, but this can be avoided by sowing in the evening. As long as the temperature has dropped, you will have abundant seedlings. If working with potatoes, a second cropping now can bring the new harvest in autumn and winter. Plant in sacks or buckets and move into a greenhouse in the colder end of August and when frosts hit.

Don’t forget that your strawberries should be done soon! Weed, clear straw and cut off old, tired foliage. Afterwards, give the bed a mulch with something nutritious. Lift rooted runners and transplant them to new beds or pots for new plants.

For pruning stone fruit, July is an ideal time. Don’t wait until it’s too late as in winter you will be welcoming silver lead spores. Prune out the branches crossing the middle of the tree ti improve airflow.

Slugs

Some plants struggle against slugs. To be safe now is a good time to take cuttings to make more plants. Take several, each just above and below the leaf joint. Push them into a pot and keep them watered.

Contact Ladybrook Nursery

If you think you may need to restock your plants in time for autumn, Ladybrook are here to help. We have 13 acres of plants for you to wander through and decide what you think will work best with your gardening needs. You can speak to one of our experts if you are not sure what it is that you want, or you can take a look at our current stock to see what is available. Get in touch for more information.

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