The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety.
- Water your containers and baskets thoroughly in hot weather. Continue to feed them with a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2 to 4 weeks.
- Cut back faded perennial plants to keep borders tidy.
- Dead-head bedding plants and perennial plants to stop them self-seeding and to encourage further flowering
- Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage and will revive the display. Make sure you that feed your baskets well after doing this.
- Dead-head your roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your rose produces attractive hips (seed pods).
- Cut back hardy Geraniums and Delphiniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage new growth and further blooms.
- Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants.
- Take cuttings from your favourite tender plants for over-wintering indoors.
- Cuttings can also still be taken from shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
- Capture seed heads from dandelions and other weeds. Collect them before they get a chance to release their seeds and spread throughout your garden.
- Keep an eye out for pests on plants, early treatment is best.
- Clear weeds regularly, as they compete with your crops for nutrients and water.
- Plant second cropping potatoes now to give you new potatoes for Christmas. Plant your Christmas potatoes in pots or bags which can be brought under cover before the first frosts.
- Nip off the growing tips of squash and courgette to encourage branching.
It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
- Boost your tomato crop by regularly feeding them with dilute tomato fertiliser once a week. If leaves look pale and yellow feed more regularly.
- Use grass clippings as a mulch around potato plants to stop tubers near the surface from turning green. Alternatively earth up your potato plants as they grow. If you’re growing potatoes in bags, gradually add more compost until the bag is full.
- Damp down your greenhouse on hot days to increase humidity and deter red spider mites.
- Water your lawn during hot weather, particularly newly seeded or turfed lawns. Do not allow new lawns to dry out.
- If you are experiencing prolonged dry weather, set your mower blades higher to reduce stress on the grass.
We go in withering July
To ply the hard incessant hoe:
Panting beneath the brazen sky
We sweat and grumble, but we go.
Ruth Pitter, The Diehards