1) Plant fresh summer blooms
2) Deadhead plants for prolonged summer blooms
Mexican Orange Blossom
Lily of the Valley Bush
3. In the vegetable garden, there is still time to sow
4. Watch out for weeds
- Check the garden regularly for any new spouting plants in the gaps between your vegetables. Pull these up promptly before they have the chance to establish.
- Weed suppression barriers are a brilliant hack if you don't have the time to keep checking for emerging weeds.
- Competing plants are less likely to establish if you pack your green spaces with herbaceous plants. Great for wildlife, cramming your garden with Nasturtiums, Borage, and other herbs will help protect your most prized plants.
5. Summer pruning and training shrubs, trees and climbers
6. Feed and mulch your plants
7. Watch your plants for pests
- Keep soil healthy with manures and feeding.
- Provide plenty of space for wildlife. You may think this is counterproductive, but a garden brimming with plants and wild areas will ultimately attract larger, high-level predators. With time, predators like birds and hedgehogs will use your garden as a place to forage and help to keep pest numbers low.
- Spot check plants for pests yourself, taking care to wipe, hose off or squash insects. Be mindful and make sure you know your friends from foes. Watch out for Aphids, Whitefly and caterpillars as you find them. Don't remove Spiders, Lacewings, Earwigs, Ladybirds or Hoverfly larvae.
- Check for eggs under the leaves of plants.
- Read our article on 7 alternatives to pesticides.
8. Summer pond maintenance
Wildlife, Water Plants and Pond Care
9) Give Wildlife a Helping Hand
- Top up ponds and birdbaths during hot periods. If you don’t have a pond in your garden, you can still help! Provide Tupperware of water for thirsty birds and a dish of water and pebbles for bees and insects. Take a look at these delightful bee baths!
- Be careful not to step on tired and hungry bees on the floor. Instead, give bees a leg up by placing them somewhere in the garden with plentiful, nectar-rich flowers.
- Keep bird feeders full of seed and nuts and hang out fat balls for birds, especially during hot, dry weather.
- Try and leave holes in fences to allow wildlife to pass through your garden.
10) Indoor gardening
- Make sure you're checking whether your houseplants need watering regularly.
- Feed your houseplants little and often to ensure healthy growth.
- If you still haven’t repotted plants this year, now would be a great time to do so. To know when is the best time to repot, check the drainage holes for emerging roots.
- Be on the lookout for plant pests. With our windows open more in summer, insect pests can sneak in and seek refuge on your plants. Check plants for tell-tale symptoms, such as yellow leaves or rolled up leaf margins. Similarly, if your houseplant is starting to look a little sad, check beneath the leaves for Aphids or between the stem nooks for Mealybug.