We’ve had some beautiful summer weather here, yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far. As we’re well into mid-summer I’d suggest spending your time wisely, concentrate on the essential tasks and spend as much time as possible relaxing in your garden and making the most of the summer.
Dead-head spent flowers:
this encourage the plant to produce more flowers.
Water plants in pots daily if it doesn’t rain:
it’s a good idea to place a saucer under the pot to capture drained water and allow the plant to soak it up slowly.
Pull up or hoe flowering weeds:
before they set seed and spread everywhere, they’re so much easier to spot when they’re flowering.
It’s easy to have lots of flowering plants next year:
it’s the perfect time to sow biennial seeds, these include foxgloves, sweet william and forget-me-not, this recent post tells you exactly how to do it.
Sow fast growing vegetable plants:
like lettuce, salad leaves, pak coi, and radish, these are easily grown in pots. This post explains how to sow seeds.
Use water wisely:
don’t waste time watering established plants, use your time watering recently planted shrubs and trees. Avoid watering in the middle of the day when lots of the water will quickly evaporate.
One thing you don’t need to do:
is water the lawn, grass recovers quickly and it’ll soon green up again at the next outburst of rain.
Enjoy your garden
all images: Jill Anderson