“Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes. What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes. Only two things that money can’t buy. That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.” – John Denver, Home Grown Tomatoes
July is the beginning of that wonderful period when we get to eat what we’ve sown and grown. All that effort earlier in the year will now reap a reward in terms of fruit and vegetable harvests and cut flowers for the home. It’s the month that we enjoy our home-grown crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries and more.
Flower beds will be alive with colour this month and, hopefully, you will have included enough pollen- and nectar-rich plants to enjoy the sight and sound of bees and other insects as they forage.
Much of the heavy gardening will have been done earlier in the year, although there is always weeding, so now is the time to relax and enjoy the beautiful space that you have created.
Jobs To Do This Month
July is normally a hot month, so gardening jobs are much more leisurely; other than watering, feeding, deadheading and keeping an eye on pest and disease. It’s best to enjoy the hard work done this year in the garden by taking timeout to sit and observe.
- One of the least strenuous of gardening jobs must be deadheading. With a careful snip snip here and a pinch pinch there your plants will be revived and freshened. The Gardeners Deadheader Bundle is the perfect piece of kit for gardeners everywhere!
- Feed your plants and keep the pests away with 3 for £12 on our Organic-Based Feeds & Plant Defender
- Baskets and containers can dry out quickly in warm, sunny conditions and may need watering twice a day. Feed regularly to promote flowering.
- Keep onions well-watered so as not to affect the size of crop. Your onion hoe needs to be busy this month keeping down the weeds.
- Remove side shoots on cordon tomatoes and feed regularly with a high potash liquid tomato fertiliser. Our Seaweed Feed & Protect 3 In 1 Kit is now only £24 (worth £34.97) and perfect for tomatoes.
- Keep up the fight against slugs, snails and other pests. Encourage birds and other wildlife into the garden and they’ll lend their support. Again, take advantage of our Seaweed Feed & Protect 3 In 1 Kit offer – Now only £24 (worth £34.97) if you need a helping hand.
- Houseplants enjoy spending the summer outside so find a sheltered spot for them and give them some air.
- Keep picking sweet peas for enjoying indoors and feed the plants every 12 days.
- Prune shrubs that flowered in early summer. Take a look at our Spear & Jackson range of cutting tools that have been developed with The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew!
- Your garden birds will enjoy a dish of fresh water to both drink and bathe in and you’ll get the pleasure of watching them.
The Great British Grow Off Competition!
2020 has been a strange year so far. Social events have been cancelled or postponed, many of us find ourselves spending our time at home, and yet our gardening community has adapted and remains strong.
We know that people have adapted through the lockdown too with some people being first time growers and others using their garden to become self-sufficient as they haven’t left their homes at all. We want to celebrate your innovation in the garden this year. Show us how you have used your garden or small space as best as possible to grow amazing crops, whether that is flowers or fruit and veg.
We have 4 categories for you to enter: First time growing, Family Growing, Small Spaces Growing and Repurposed Gardens. We’ll choose one winning image from each category and its owner will receive a £50 Suttons Gift Voucher to spend online.
Summer Furniture Event
The Suttons Summer Furniture Event is what you need to be able to sit outside, enjoy the sun and relax in your garden. We’ve compiled an extensive range of quality garden furniture, from beautiful zero maintenance love seats, lighting and RHS approved furniture, to bistro sets, benches and BBQ accessories. So, with everything you need to make the most of the long summer days, the only question is hammock or day bed?!
This week we’ve added some fantastic decorative garden accessories that make a lovely gift for anyone that loves spending their time in the garden… and with these prices, you’ll be able to order one for yourself too.
Bees’ Needs Week
Are you keen to help pollinators? Whether you have a window box or a large garden, there are some simple things you can do to help. Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.
This year they will be running the Bees’ Needs Week online from the 13th-19th, sharing online positive examples and ways in which everyone can continue to help bees and other pollinators close to home.
There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:
- Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
- Let your garden grow wild
- Cut your grass less often
- Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
- Think carefully about whether to use pesticides
Watch this handy video that talks about these 5 actions: https://youtu.be/2wtktAjeLB4
Turn Your Garden Into A Bee Haven!
Bees are dependent on the nectar and pollen of flowers. To supply a continuous food source for the bees, plant a variety of species that will bloom from spring to autumn. Most bees prefer perennial flowers, so herbs and traditional cottage garden plants are great.
If you want to grow from seed try our British Native Wildflower ranges that capture the look of the beautiful English countryside, in particular our Honey Bee Mix which has been developed in conjunction with Gales Honey and can be sown from late August. Or out Pretty Perennials Mix, an excellent general purpose mixture containing over 25 native species of wildflower of which the flower heights and forms will prove beneficial for many pollinators.
If you’re looking for a real bee magnet that’s ready to plant out, the Sedum Atlantis is a plant for our times…drought tolerant, suitable for small spaces and attractive to bees. The vibrantly coloured serrated leaves & the yellow flowers will make a wonderful haven for our friendly pollinators.
9cm Potted Plant only £7.99 or Buy 3 for £15
2 Litre Potted Plant only £9.99 or Pick & Mix across our range of 2 Litre Perennials – Buy any 3 for £24 or 6 for just £33!
Summer Colour In An Instant!
If you have left it late or haven’t been able to find any Summer Bedding we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Give your neighbours garden envy with our selection of 9cm bedding plants – fully established and flowering to add instant colour and interest to beds, baskets and containers. Our skilled nursery workers will pick out a selection that are looking at their best at the time of despatch.
18 x 9cm Bedding Plants – Our Selection only £30! That only £1.67 a plant!
Autumn Flowering Bulbs
While we may be enjoying some fantastic weather in our stunning summer gardens, let’s start to look ahead to the autumn and some fantastic autumn flowering bulbs. In particular, the amazing Saffron Crocus!
The beautiful autumn-blooming Saffron Crocus sativus is, as its name suggests, the flower from which we gather saffron. Renowned for being the most expensive spice in the world, Saffron provides the quintessential seasoning for paella as well as other Mediterranean dishes and is a staple for creating the perfect yellow rice to accompany your favourite curry. Not only can the stigmas be used for flavouring and colouring dishes, the vibrant lilac-purple blooms will also bring a dash of colour to your autumn garden. Truly a win win.
Give them a try and you too can look forward to the magical experience of picking your very own “red gold”. Look out for them each morning, dangling from the throats of the flowers: bright, alluring and full of promise. Once cut and dried, they can be stored in an airtight jar for several years!
The Saffron Crocus will thrive in a well drained border and can be grown in containers on your patio. They are also super hardy and multiply rapidly to give stunning blooms and a steady supply of Saffron year after year.
Offer Of The Month
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The VegTrug offers a stylish way to grow delicious, nutritious fresh vegetables on your patio!
It provides a veg patch at an easy and comfortable working height (ideal for the elderly or wheelchair users), and is V-shaped so takes less filling while still allowing you to grow crops that need deep soil (like carrots).
The Mystery Parcel includes practical gardening products – it may contain such items as gloves, tools, cane toppers, feeds and grow tunnels etc.. as we said it’s a bit of a mystery … but you can be sure it will be useful and practical items for your gardening.
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