MUST dos this month!
- Only prune Hydrangeas in the last week of July.
- Do not prune spring-flowering trees or shrubs as you will be cutting of wood on which the flowers are forming.
- Now is also the time to plant bare rooted fruit, grape vines, berries and roses.
- Now is the time to do some hardscaping and maintenance in the garden - fix or install fences, retaining walls, paths, pavements and water features.
- If you haven't already, adjust your watering schedule. In regions with frost, water in the morning to allow plants to dry before the evening.
- Inspect ties on trees, shrubs, roses and other staked plants to ensure they are firmly secure but not too tight.
- Deadhead flowering annuals, feed twice a month with an organic fertilizer and keep well watered.
- Feed irises and maintain a regular feeding plan for winter and spring flowering bulbs, and keep well watered.
- Feed Camellias, after they have flowered, with a high-nitrogen fertiliser to promote new growth.
- Regularly tie your sweet peas to the trellis and pick blooms often to encourage flower production.
- Plant the first batch of Gladioli.
- Join in the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge and post your innovative ideas and practices to reduce plastic waste in the garden.
- Roses can now be pruned in warm areas. In frost zones, wait until the last week in July or the beginning of August. In the Western Cape, prune roses towards the end of the month. Tap the article below to learn how.
- For more information on rose care in this season tap the article below.
- Feed all winter vegetables once a week.
- Pick peas while young and tender.
- Pinch off growing tips of broad beans to promote pod formation.
- Snip off the long side branches of granadillas to encourage new side growth on which fruit will be borne.
- Plant onion seedlings, peas and beans, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
- Now is the time to divide and transplant or plant new asparagus crowns and rhubarb.
- Veggies to plant: cabbage, broccoli, Asian greens, mizuna, Swiss chard, carrots, radish, parnsip, beetroot, turnips and lettuce.
- Feed (5:1:5) and mulch citrus trees after harvest, and give a good sprinkle of Epsom salts. Prune out any dead branches and spindly growth after flowering.
- For peach trees that have shown signs of leaf curl the previous season, spray with a fungicide containing copper oxychloride.
- Start planning and preparing beds for spring vegetables.
Indoor plant care
- In heated rooms, be sure to maintain high humidity levels around your plants by either misting or placing a saucer with water nearby.
- Snails on clivia, daffodils and narcissus.
- Fig tree borer beetle
- Scale on rose stems.
- Italian cypress aphids on conifers.
- Scale on citrus.
- White scale on aloes.
- Aphids on Brassicas.
- Borer beetles in deciduous fruit trees.
Flowering this month
Buck Bay Vygie