As the weather gets warmer, you’ll probably be tempted to just sit back and enjoy the heat. However, time waits for no gardener! July brings its own share of opportunities to improve your garden, along with a number of issues that you will have to stay on top of if you want to ensure a healthy crop.
With July’s warm, dry weather, regularly watering your plants will become more important. By this point in the year, much of your crop should be progressing nicely, which will also attract hungry pests. The heat will create more jobs for you to do, but on the plus side you’ll soon get to enjoy harvesting your gorgeous greens.
Given how busy a time of year July can be for gardeners, you may want to consider hiring a local gardener to help you with ongoing garden maintenance tasks, such as weeding, lawn mowing or garden planting. If you simply need another pair of hands, a handyman can provide the help you need. A local pest controller can also help you if your garden is from a pest infestation. Do not be ashamed of asking for help here: certain pests can completely ruin even the most well kept gardens!
You will be happy to hear that most of the year’s seeding is behind you at this point, but there are still opportunities to sow and plant new crops in July. Young seedlings may need additional help in this dry weather, so keep them well watered and remember to look out for weeds and pests, such as slugs and caterpillars.
As always, pay special attention to the sowing or planting instructions that come with your seeds and follow them to the letter.
To sow: basil, beetroot, carrots, coriander, dill, parsley, beans (French and runner), kohlrabi, lettuce, pak choi, peas, spinach, radish, cabbage, spring onions, chard, turnips
To plant: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, leeks, brussels sprouts
While toasty greenhouses are invaluable for growing greens all year round, the summer sun can cause them to overheat, endangering the plants inside. You can avoid this by opening the windows regularly to let your greenhouse air out, as well as damping the inside with a hose every so often.
Now will also be the perfect time of year to transfer any younger plants that have been doing well in your greenhouse to your beds outside!
To sow: gherkins
To plant: chillies, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers
While you should have plenty of gorgeous greens that are ready to harvest by this point in the year, most of your gardening work in July will revolve around protecting your plants from the heat. Not only will it increase the rate of evaporation in your gardening, which will necessitate more regular watering, but it will also create ideal conditions for a number of weeds and pests.
Simply keep these jobs in mind and pay special attention to your precious plants to ensure a delicious bounty: