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:
- 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
- Clip evergreen hedges.
- Remove spent flowers of annuals, perennials and roses to encourage
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Sanstec Garden via our Facebook page @sanstecgarden.