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Holidays and long sunny days are perfect for getting out in your garden.

July is (hopefully!) one of the loveliest months of the year and it’s also a great time for harvesting fruit and veg!  But don’t forget – in between the harvesting, watering, weeding and deadheading, take some time to relax and enjoy all your hard work!

Here are our top gardening tips for July.


We all know the British summer can be unpredictable, so keep an eye on the weather and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

  • Keep your plants hydrated during warm weather, avoid over watering as this can lead to long term damage.
  • Where possible use stored rainwater and water in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation.
  • Water tomatoes regularly, especially those grown in containers. Keeping the moisture level in the soil consistent reduces the risk of fruit splitting.
  • Water container plants regularly in dry weather.
  • Don’t forget our feathered friends also need a helping hand when it comes to water. Replenish your bird bath regularly giving them cold water to drink and cool down in.

Lawn Care

You’ve probably worked hard the past couple of months to get the best lawn possible for summer, so try not to neglect it now!

  • Lawns too need a little water. Depending on the weather, once a week should be enough and watering in the early mornings when it’s slightly cooler outside is best. In hotter conditions, you may want to increase this.
  • Mow your lawn regularly, and if the weather is dry, raise the blades to a higher setting. 

Growing your own

July isn’t too late to plant some colourful summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and cherries and you’ll be able to enjoy these sweet fruits before the summer ends.

  • On particularly hot days it’s important to air your greenhouse to avoid overheating any plants that sit inside. Opening the doors or windows should be sufficient allow some air into it.
  • Pinch out any side shoots on cordon tomatoes to focus the plants’ energies on producing fruit.
  • Also pinch out the growing tips of broad beans once the pods start to appear to encourage bushy growth. This can also reduce the risk of blackfly infestations attacking the tender young shoots.
  • Give tomatoes, beans, courgettes, peppers, blueberries and gooseberries, a fortnightly liquid feed such as Westland Big Tom Tomato Feed, this will help the development of flowers and fruit.
  • For a constant supply throughout the summer, sow salad crops like lettuce every couple of weeks. Remember to provide some shade for the plants in the hottest part of the day to reduce the risk of lettuce bolting.
  • Pick courgettes and beans regularly to keep the plants producing more fruit.
  • Mound up the soil around the stems of maincrop potatoes (‘earthing up’) to stop the sunlight from reaching the tubers and turning them green. Harvest the first early potatoes, digging up one or two first to check whether they are big enough – if not, leave them to grow for a few more weeks.

Beautiful flowers

  • Plan ahead for fabulous flowers next spring by sowing biennials like foxgloves and wallflowers in seed trays in a greenhouse.
  • Deadhead roses, sweet peas and cosmos regularly to keep them flowering.
  • Cutting back hardy geraniums when they start to look leggy and tired, will help produce a flush of fresh new foliage and flowers.
  • If you haven’t already, give wisteria its summer pruning, cutting back all this year’s long whippy shoots to 5-6 leaves from the main stems.
  • In beautiful weather there will be plenty of bees about, why not help them out and plant some bee loving lavender and jasmine.
If your hanging baskets are looking a little untidy, then try cutting them back. Not only will this neaten up the display, but it will also encourage new growth. Just ensure you give it a good water after. If you haven’t managed to keep a handle on your weeds, then you should keep an eye on them as they’ll continue to grow in July. Pull them out accordingly to make space for flourishing plants!

Whether it’s plants to fill the border or garden furniture for a party, you’ll find everything you need in our centre to help you get the best out of your garden this summer!

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Prices correct at time of publishing.