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Garden Maintenance

This month is all about the watering and feeding and of course taking the time to sit back and enjoy all that you have accomplished. Don’t forget to take photographs of the good (and the bad) this will help you during the Winter months to look back at the successes and decide what changes you want to make for next year.

 

Flower Power

It’s all about the blooms, so lets enjoy some that are really hitting their stride this month, like;

  • Antirrhinum

  • Calendula

  • Coreopsis

  • Cosmos

  • Foxgloves

  • Zinnia

 

It’s not too late to sow the following direct and still enjoy some colour in the garden;

  • Aquilegia

  • Echinacea

  • Sweet William

  • Delphinium

 

Veg Plot

It is now a great time to start sowing direct and remember to think about successional sowing so that once you’ve harvested your first crop you can begin harvesting the next without any gaps; 

  • Beetroot

  • Carrots

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Radish

  • Spinach

  • Swiss chard

 

Now you really start to see the rewards of all your hard work, it feels as though you are picking from the garden constantly and harvesting some of these;

  • Aubergines

  • Celery

  • Courgettes

  • Lettuce

  • Onions

  • Peas

 

Herbs

Now is a good time for sowing seeds for your herb garden;

  • Basil

  • Borage

  • Chervil

  • Coriander

 

The more you pick the bushier it grows, producing lots of little side shoots. I’ve started to pick and dry my herbs for my own Italian herb mix for cooking;

  • Basil

  • Chives

  • Coriander

  • Dill

  • Mint

  • Oregano

  • Parsley

  • Sage

  • Thyme

 

Pruning 

Now is the optimal time to start thinning any fruit trees you might have, such as;

  • Apple

  • Pear

  • Plum

 

But this is also the month for harvest and you should be picking;

  • Blueberry

  • Cherry

  • Red & White Currants

  • Gooseberry

  • Raspberry (summer fruiting)

 

And as far as shrubs are concerned now is a busy month with many putting on a great show but once they are done flowering, you can prune back;

  • Ceanothus

  • Choisya

  • Lavender

  • Philadelphus

  • Wisteria

 

Nature

This month and last month has seen a huge increase of snail and slug activity in our garden and so we are out daily on slug patrol. Sadly we have lost a couple of squashes already, which were planted out just last month. But we promised our goddaughter that we wouldn’t harm the slugs and snails, so we collect them all up and take them for a walk to the local park where we set them free (to inevitably make their way back to our garden to continue to munch through our vegetables).

 

What I’ve found to be reasonably successful is using a number of different deterrents on the slugs and snails, such as pistachio shells, copper rings/tape and by far the most successful are the birds we invited into the garden. So we are constantly making sure that we have food on the tables (not too much that they are too full to eat the slugs and snails) and there is plenty of water and the bird baths are clean and freshly topped up. 

 

But don’t forget to sit back and enjoy the wildlife and pollinators that are visiting your garden.