Cottage garden July calendar. Thing’s to do in the cottage garden this month.
Your main gardening jobs this month will be dealing with the heat.
July can be the warmest and driest month of the year. If your plants are
not getting enough water naturally then make sure you water the plants
frequently especially hanging baskets and containers. Keep an eye on
pests and diseases mainly greenfly and black fly (both aphids) and
slugs. Your vegetables and fruit will be providing you with quite a
harvest during summer, salad vegetables like lettuce and onions will
need lots of water.
That being said, the main reason you properly
have a garden is to enjoy it in the summer, so grab a book or a cool
beverage and sit on your favourite bench and enjoy the fruits of your
Temperatures vary all over the country and your garden
will have it’s own micro climate so take that into consideration. You may
need to adjust this July calendar a little for your own cottage garden
but it’s a good place to start.
Make a note of these tasks in your calendar.
July Calendar: Flowering Cottage Plants.
- Stork Dahlias especially tall varieties and water often. Tie up all larger plants this month.
- Delphiums can be cut back as well as geraniums to encourage a second flush of flowers.
- Take cuttings from pinks and carnations also hydrangas and pelargonums.
- Dead head all fading flowers especially sweet peas, do not let them go to seed; they will stop blooming.
may need feeding after the first flush of flowers to encourage the
second flush of flowers later in the summer. Tie in climbing roses.
- Divide clumps of bearded irises if they are overcrowded.
- Camillias need water and food for better flowers next year.
- Feed and water plants this month
the flowers you like such as Perennial Alyssum, Anemone, Clematis,
Daisy, Myostis (forgette-me-not) Michaelmas daisy, Perennial pansy,
panstemon, polyanthus, Primrose, biennial Viola, and Wallflower.
- Wisterias first pruning can be done towards the end of the month.
Herbs, Vegetables, Soft Fruit and Fruit Trees.
- Collect herbs ready for drying. (Harvesting and Drying herbs article in English Cottage Lifestyle E-zine Issue #002)
time: broad and French beans, beetroot, bulb onions, cabbage and
cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumber, kale, lettuce, peas, early
potatoes, radish, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, rhubarb and Swiss chard.
the vegetables you want to eat such as beetroot, broad and French
beans, carrots (for continuation) spring cabbage, lettuce, peas and
- After strawberries have fruited cut off old foliage and peg down runners that you are keeping for stock
- Many fruits are ready to harvest. If they are swelling they need a lot of water.
- Raspberries, blackberries and other cane fruit should be tied in.
prune red and white currants and gooseberries and thin immature apple
trees in the areas where it has grown too thick unless the "June drop"
has done this naturally. Plum trees to be trimmed before the middle of
the month (never trim too much cottage garden trees should be full, the
way nature intended.) Water in dry weather.
July Calendar: General Cottage Gardening Jobs.
- Keep weeding by hand in the flower beds and continue to hoe the
vegetable patch. Weeds are easier to remove when they are young and the
soil is damp.
- Trim hedges if they are getting unruly.
- Water often especially hanging baskets, containers, young trees, fruit, salad vegetables and onions.
greenhouse and clean the glass and any surfaces to remove pests and
diseases. Water plants daily, always water into the soil not on the
leaves; the sun could scorch them.
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