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
- Pick beans and peas early - when they are young. If you have a lot and don't have the time to freeze them, give them away to a friend or neighbour. Hopefully, they'll repay the favour!
- Watch out for pests and diseases. Aphids- in all their colour forms- can multiply alarmingly fast! Keep a lookout for them on your climbing beans. A well-directed squirt of water to remove them may be all that is needed.
- Mildew 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.
- Slug and snail protection gets easier this month but watch out for them moving into cabbage heads.
- Cover your Brassicas with butterfly proof netting to prevent caterpillar attack.
Read this article for friendly ways to tackle garden pests:
Home Grown Fruit
- Plums, 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: