Top Jobs For July

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  1.  Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt.
  2.  Place conservatory plants outside now that it is warm.
  3.  Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water wise.
  4.  Deadhead bedding plants and repeat flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering.
  5.  Pick courgettes before they become marrows, at this time of year just turn your back for a short while and that little courgette is worthy of entering into the Summer vegetable show as the largest marrow.
  6. Treat apple trees for apple scab.
  7. If you have a pond then now is the time to clear algae, blanket weed and debris from the pond and keep them topped up to maintain the water depth and oxygen levels.
  8. Give woodwork a lick of paint or preserver, whilst the weather is dry especially as most of us did not manage this last year due to the wet Summer.
  9. Give the lawn a quick acting summer feed, especially if a spring feed was not done this year due to the cold weather.
  10. Lastly order catalogues for next year’s Springs flowering bulbs.

Top Jobs for June

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Top 10 jobs for June:

  • Hoe borders and vegetable plots regularly to keep down weeds.
  • Pinch out side-shoots on tomatoes. Now is the time to start harvesting lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes.
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside.
  • Cut lawns at least once a week.
  • Plant out summer bedding.
  • Stake tall or floppy plants. And prune spring-flowering shrubs.
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch.
  • Change the feed for pot-grown fruit to a high potassium liquid one.
  • Thin pears, plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots. Apples should be thinned at the end of the month after the natural June drop of fruitlets if there are too many fruitlets in each clump along the branches.
  • If you did not sow tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins previously then towards the end of this month they can be sown outside in their final position.