Fruits are ripening, temperatures are climbing, and blanket weed and mildew
might need treating this week.
Check my Monthly Gardening Tips for more memory joggers but whatever you do, make sure to enjoy your garden!
- Blackcurrants should now be ripening. Try harvesting them straight from the bush, using a kitchen fork to separate the berries from the stems.
- Harvest gooseberries by thinning them. Those that are left will grow bigger, and dessert varieties become sweet tasting.
Greenhouses and conservatories
- You may need to fix shade netting to the inside of the roof to keep temperatures down now. For greenhouses, you can paint white shade paint on the outside to reflect the heat.
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Trees, shrubs and climbers
Check for briar suckers coming from the roots of roses
and cut them as close to the roots as possible to avoid regrowth. Ripping them off will minimise the risk of more suckers developing in the future.
for powdery mildew
, as it will often appear at this time of year. Use a fungicide as soon as it does. Milk sprays provide another effective treatment; I’m trying one part milk diluted to two parts water, which is apparently more effective when the sun is out.
Make sure that Hydrangea
bushes are getting enough water. They need lots at this time of the year.
Wildlife and ponds
If you’ve got blanket weed in your pond, spin a rake in it to wind it up and remove it.
Don’t be in too much of a hurry to tidy up every part of the garden. Wildlife will thrive in the odd corner that has a heap of logs, a few nettles or a pile of dead leaves.
Home grown veg