What to do in the garden in July

What to do in the garden in July

What to do in the garden in July

It’s not so much gardening as refereeing at this time of year: it’s a full-time job just keeping everything in order! Here are a few of the jobs you can be getting on with this month.

General tasks:

  • Go slug hunting on damp evenings just before dark and you’ll catch hundreds of the slimy critters. Dispose of them as you wish.
  • Before watering, loosen the soil’s surface with just the tip of a garden fork to relieve compaction and allow moisture to soak right in.

Ornamental garden:

  • Divide bearded irises and replant the youngest sections 30cm apart in free-draining soil in a sunny spot.
  • Dead-head roses by snapping the stem just below the spent flower heads to encourage lots more blooms.
  • Sow biennials such as sweet Williams, Brompton stocks and foxgloves to flower in early summer next year.

Kitchen garden:

  • Save coriander seeds once they’ve turned papery brown and store them in a jar for a spicy curry flavouring.
  • Transplant seedling cabbages, Brussels sprouts and other brassicas from seedbeds to their final positions, firming in well.
  • Hoe onions regularly as they hate competition from weeds: go very carefully near the bulbs themselves, hand-weeding where necessary to avoid damage.