July

In The Fruit Garden This July

Treat apple scab with a fungicide.

It’s the ideal time to thin out fruits on your fruit trees to produce good sized crops. This also helps prevent brown rot.

Protect any developing fruits from birds and squirrels by placing mesh around your plants.

Raspberries are shallow rooted so will appreciate being watered generously in hot, dry weather.

Peg down runners of you strawberry plants to create more plants for next year.

Don’t forget to prune plum, apricot, peach and cherry trees as well as blackcurrant bushes.

Top Tip:

If you have plants fruiting in containers, make sure you give them a high potash liquid feed to keep them healthy and productive.  

This Month's Key Tips
  • Water plants if dry daily, but be water-wise.
  • Deadhead bedding plants and flowering perennials.
  • Clear algae, blanket weed and debris from ponds.
  • Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed.
  • Plant second cropping potatoes now to give you new potatoes for Christmas.