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Seasonal gardening advice for July

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, July 06

Seasonal gardening advice for July

A great month to sit outside and enjoy your garden, July is normally the hottest month of the year.

To encourage blooms to last and plants to look good, deadheading regularly may be slow, tedious and boring but the end results are well worth while. Liquid feed container plants regularly and place saucers underneath to enable thirsty roots to absorb moisture. Keep the weeds at bay with hoeing as they also thrive in the sunshine.

Autumn bulbs can be planted now and cutting back hanging baskets and feeding them can help revive tired looking displays and encourage new growth. Tall plants (lupins, delphiniums and gladioli) need to be propped up either with stakes, plant supports or obelisks.

It is possible to start collecting seeds from your plants this month. Poppies and calendula will be ready and seeds can be collected into brown paper bags and labelled and stored ready for next year.

Keep ponds topped up with fresh water and leave pumps on at night to help improve oxygen. Ensure that all foliage, blooms and floating weeds are removed; clean out debris from the bottom and cut back marginal plants. For the safety of young children make sure that the pond is covered with either net or safety grills.

Although there is plenty of food about for birds keep your bird bath topped up for thirsty birds raising chicks. If you don’t have a bird bath fill up a large plant pot tray, they will soon find it.

Ventilate the greenhouse by opening doors and windows to allow air to circulate. Check at night, before closing, that no pets have strayed inside to sleep.

Some pruning can be done now on fruit bushes to help with formation of next year's buds, fruit trees can be pruned and if you have holly in your garden, now is the time to trim.

Notwithstanding all this work, this is still a great month to sit outside and enjoy your garden!

MEET PAUL

Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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