Gardening Hints and Tips for June/July by David Greaves


During these warmer months hoe the beds regularly whilst it is dry to keep the weeds down, dead head bedding plants to encourage continuous flowering and prune spring flowering shrubs. Also try and keep water butts full in case of any drought conditions.

Move summer hanging baskets and summer containers into position to enjoy their colour and fragrance. Conservatory plants can also be placed outside now that the warmer climates are here. Now is the time to plant out summer bedding plants. Check clematis for any signs of clematis wilt and check for brown patches on conifers which can indicate infestation by cypress aphids, prune out any brown shoots and tie in neighbouring branches to fill any gaps.

To keep your lawn in tip top condition mow and edge weekly and give it a quick acting summer feed.

Make sure that you pinch out side shoots on tomatoes to encourage healthy growth and if you have any early sown potatoes then they should be ready to harvest now.

If you have a green house then keep them well shaded to keep them cool and to prevent scorching.

Lastly maintenance on your pond. Clear any algae, blanket weed and debris from your ponds, and make sure you keep the water topped up.