A bit more warmth would be nice don’t you think? But on a positive note, the rain is keeping everything gloriously green here.
I’ve declared war on the slugs, after all the bronze fennel I planted among the roses were sheared to the ground, and applied biological slug killer to the soil. It needs moist soil for 2 weeks [and carries on being active for 6 weeks], so all this rain means that I don’t have to water the garden every evening, let’s hope the dahlias and lettuce survive now.
I’ve been busy dead-heading roses, to encourage more flowering, the garden looks much better too. Deadhead flowers in pots, like geraniums to keep them flowering, and cut off the tall flower spikes of delphiniums and lupins, they probably won’t flower again but they look nicer.
Tie in new growth on sweet peas and Clematis, and also Dahlias to get straight flower stems.
Water flowering plants with a diluted tomato fertiliser, it has just the right ingredient [potassium] that makes plants produce more flowers.
All this dampness can encourage mould and fungus, so avoid watering plants in the evening as this means the damp lingers overnight, just the conditions that mould flourishes in.
The garden is unlikely to dry out, what with all the rain we’ve had, but plants in containers often need a good soak because the dense foliage prevents rain-water reaching the compost.
July is the last month to sow annual flower seeds,
they can all be sown directly into the soil, so why not give it a go as one last hurrah this summer.
Have a look at the post I’ve written for Fencing Direct with tips about how to garden on a budget.
Have a good weekend.