We've heard there's going to be a bit of a heat wave on the way over the next few weeks, so we've put together a few tips for gardening throughout July. Remembering to water your plants and maybe put some teaspoons of water and sugar out for bees too!
- Plant up containers, hanging baskets and planters now the risk of frost has passed
- If you planted sweet peas - As soon as your sweet peas start to flower, keep picking them to encourage more blooms
- Dead-head and cut back oriental poppies after flowering. Cutting them close to ground level will stimulate new foliage
- It's not too late to flower seeds for this year - try borage, nasturtiums, foxgloves, marigolds
- Feed your tomato plants weekly with a liquid feed
- Make sure your vegetables are regularly watered
- Plant out your tender vegetables such as courgettes, pumpkin, tomatoes and sweetcorn now the risk of frost has passed
- Keep a look out for slugs which will munch through your young plants
- Try sheep’s wool slug pellets, gravel, coffee ground around the base of the plants or copper rings on pots and containers as an alternative to slug pellets
- Aphids can also be a problem. Look on the underside of the leaves and brush off any you find
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