These long, midsummer days are blissful.
But we’re just past midsummer now, and the days are beginning to gradually get shorter. Gardening needs a change of gear, as time is running out for plants to fruit and flower before the end of summer. It’s definitely not a time to dilly dally.
Plants to be planted this month include:
Runner beans, for a late crop. I had no success germinating runner beans earlier in the year. i’m giving them another go this month, hopefully I’ll get a late crop of them.
Planting any plants later in the day so they don’t struggle with mid-day heat.
There’s also time for succession sowing, at fortnightly intervals gives you a nice steady supply of plants
Salad leaves, these are reluctant to germinate in high temperatures, sowing at the end of the day can help. Mid to late afternoon seems to be the hottest part of the day here, so early evening is best.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
I’m transferring all the spring bulbs that I grew in pots into the garden. They’ll grow happily without any fuss, year after year.
Not just the tips where the spent flowers are, but further down the stem to an outward facing leaf junction.
Tie in clematis and sweet peas, they seem to grow more quickly when they have something to climb on.
Feed plants in containers
they have limited resources that may be depleted by now. A weekly feed of seaweed fertiliser will keep them happy.
Watering is crucial this month, but it’s worth thinking about how to use this precious resource to make the most of it.
The easiest way to do this is:
Either end of the day when it’ll have the best chance of soaking into the soil.
Aim water directly onto the soil at the base of a plant, rather than over leaves the whole plant.
A good soak rather than a trickle every day is more effective.
Consistency is good, avoid being very efficient one week and forgetting about the following week.
Have a blissful time in your garden.