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Garden jobs for summer

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your garden, but for it to stay looking amazing you will need to keep on top of a few things.

Some jobs for you to consider:

 

JUNE

  • Mow lawns once a week and water the newly sown or turfed lawns during the dry spells.
  • Don’t forget to water and feed the plants in your containers and hanging baskets.
  •  Clip evergreen hedges.
  • Remove spent flowers of annuals, perennials and roses to encourage more flowers.
  • Lay some straw around strawberries. It helps to prevent rain splashes and will encourage ripening.
  • It is a good time to plant pumpkins, squashes, leeks, kale, summer cabbage, celeriac, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, runner beans; sow French beans, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, peas, radishes, rockets and spinach.
  • Don’t forget the birds! Keep on refreshing their water stands.

 

JULY

  • Plant some autumn bulbs like Nerine bowdenii, Amaryllis belladonna, Crinum x powellii, Habranthus robustus or Colchicum.
  • Divide bearded irises.
  • Trim evergreen hedges.
  • You can take semi-ripe cuttings from evergreen shrubs, herbs like lavender, thyme, rosemary, sage and clematis.
  • If the soil is dry, water plants like roses, clematis, agapanthus and camellias.
  • Prune shrubs and trees that have finished producing flowers.
  • If you have a pond it is a good idea to make sure that there are some shallow edges or ramps so frogs, toads, newts and hedgehogs can have easy access to it.
  • In your vegetable garden you can start planting kale, leeks, cauliflower, sprouting broccoli and winter cabbage. It is also a good time to sow winter radish, chard, and perennial spinach.
  • Turn compost heaps to add oxygen and some water if needed.

 

AUGUST

  • Prune Wisteria and established trained pears and apples.
  • It is not too late to divide bearded irises.
  • Trim evergreen hedges, lavender after flowering and other herbs.
  • Collect seeds from perennials and annuals.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs and take cuttings of Penstemons and Salvias.
  • In your vegetable garden you can sow fast-growing radishes, lettuce, rocket, turnips, and oriental vegetables, such as bok choy, mizuna, mibuna, pak choi, tatsoi, shungiku and kailaan.
  • It is a good time to plant new strawberries.
  • Prune summer fruiting raspberries.
  • You can start harvesting onions.
  • Keep refreshing water for the birds.
  • Did you know that birds enjoy having a dust bath? You can create a little area for them in your garden by just leaving a dry, free of plants, in a sunny position, sandy patch.
  • Mow established summer-flowering wildflower meadows.

 

If you need help with planting or maintaining your garden then please contact Sanstec Garden via our Facebook page @sanstecgarden.