summerSummer has well and truly arrived and you can sit back and enjoy your garden in full bloom!

Your beds and borders will be at their height of colour now from your favoured bedding plants and your edible garden will be producing a high yield of fruit and vegetables.

Watering is such an important item on your ‘to do’ list that it should now be second nature to head out to the garden every evening with your watering systems.  Don’t forget to reuse water collected in your water butts for an environmentally friendly way to keep on top of that important job.

Also now is the time to add a layer of decorative bark round each of your shrubs as mulch for your beds.  This is a top tip for retaining moisture at the roots so that it does not evaporate from the surface of the soil.

All flowering plants will need to be regularly dead headed to encourage new blooms and a greater growth.
These tips include hanging baskets and containers too which should be monitored daily for water retention and limp blooms.

>Raspberries make a great treat and grapes turn water into wine.Dependent upon which fruits and vegetables you have chosen to grow in your edible garden, you should be reaping great benefits from high yield this month for delicious salads and summertime dining. Check your plot for any weeds as these will steal much-needed moisture and nutrients from your crops.  Hoe regularly and carefully between the rows of crops or choose a suitable weedkiller.

Soft fruits such as blackcurrants, raspberries and strawberries should be picked as they ripen.  Birds need feeding throughout the year but they have their own seed and nuts so make sure they don’t help themselves to your fruits by protecting crops with netting.

Finally, make the most of whatever weather we experience this month and head outdoors while the days are long and evenings warm.  The scent of freshly cut grass, scented blooms and barbecues epitomise summer – so lets hope for plenty of sunshine!


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