What to do in this region this month
Plant & Sow
Sow all summer flowering annuals:
- Iceberg roses – a constant bloomer and vigorous grower. Icebergs are ideal for mass plantings or containers.
- Gardenias – known as one of the most fragrant shade-loving plants. They have attractive evergreen glossy foliage that grows into a neat round bush. These beautiful plants love growing in well-drained, acid soil.
Sow vegetables like:
Apium graveolens (Celery)
Solanum tuberosum (Potatoes)
Raphanus sativus (Radishes)
Phaseolus vulgaris (Beans (dwarf/green), French beans)
Lycopersicon esculentum (Tomatoes)
Cucurbita pepo var. pepo (Gem squash)
Cucurbita maxima (Pumpkins)
Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)
Daucus carota (Carrots)
Cucumis sativus (Cucumbers)
Allium porrum (Leeks)
General Garden Maintenance
Fertilize fruit trees, like:
- Fertilize Summer-flowering bulbs and keep them moist.
- Fertilise annuals and bedding plants with a liquid fertilizer every 14 days.
General garden maintenance
- Mow the lawn if necessary.
- Deadhead roses regularly and water two or three times weekly.
- Mulch the garden beds.
- Remember to deadhead annuals and bedding plants regularly and feed every 2 weeks or so with diluted liquid fertilizer.
- Continue to remove weeds from lawns and pavings.
- Deadhead summer-flowering annuals and continue feeding with a fertilizer high in potassium to prolong the flowering period.
- Lift and divide spring-flowering irises.
- Keep all perennials well watered and feed with all Purpose Fertilizer.
- Water plants originally from summer rainfall regions well. Remember to water the garden early in the morning and preferably on wind-free days.
- Feed flowering shrubs once a month.
- Feed your hydrangeas.
- Keep an eye out for red spider mite as they love the hot, dry conditions.
- Sow vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, dwarf beans, lettuces, runner beans, and vegetable marrows.