This month, there's some harvesting, weed control and a need to keep a sharp eye out for troublesome pests and diseases.
Be sure to check out my weekly gardening tips for other memory joggers in July.
Home grown vegetables
and other diseases can also quickly get a hold, and preventative treatment is the best form of attack. Spray prone plants with Fungus Fighter or other suitable fungicides.
Sow more courgettes
. These will be fresh and young ready to replace those you planted earlier and those suffering from mildew.
Read this article for friendly ways to tackle garden pests:
Home Grown Fruit
If your fruit trees have a heavy crop developing, then it is wise to thin now. This will improve the fruit quality and the size too — thin apples
to just two fruits per cluster and pears
to a single fruit.
have a massive crop set, then a drastic removal of excess fruits is needed to prevent small fruit and branch breakage later. Silver leaf disease
often starts with a broken branch.
Wall or fence-trained gooseberries
and white currants
will need side shoots cut back to leave 4-5 leaves. This reduces vigour but also improves fruit bud production for next year's crop.
, cherries and other stone fruits of all training styles should be pruned now but never in the winter.
- Regular hoeing between plants in borders and the vegetable patch will keep annual weeds under control and also reduce drying out of the soil.
Read Jo's article for some non-chemical ways of controlling bindweed: