“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”
~ Elizabeth Lawrence
July is the start of the beautiful summer period where we begin to eat and enjoy some of what we’ve sown and grown this year so far. All that effort earlier in the year will now be repaid to you in terms of fruit and vegetable harvests and fragrant cut flowers for the home.
There will no longer be trips to the supermarket to purchase tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and strawberries as early potatoes will be ready for lifting, the courgette harvest will be underway, cucumbers will be reaching their optimum length for picking and home-grown strawberries will be ready to see you through Wimbledon. It doesn’t get much better when you can pick your crops straight from the plant in your very own back garden!
Flower beds will also be coming alive with colour and interest this month and hopefully, you will have included enough pollinators favourite varieties to experience the sight and sound of bees and other insects as they forage and feast! Much of the heavy lifting and long-winded gardening duties will have been done earlier in the year so now is the time to relax and be proud of the magnificent space that you have created and reflect on the crops you have achieved.
- Dead-head bedding plants and roses to encourage further flowering and remove any fallen petals to prevent fungal disease forming.
- Baskets and containers can dry out quickly in warm, sunny conditions and may need watering twice a day. Feed regularly to promote flowering.
- Faded flower-spikes on lupins, campanula, delphinium, etc. can be cut down to just above a new shoot or leaf, apply liquid feed to each plant to encourage fresh growth.
- Feed your plants and keep the pests away with our Organic-Based Feeds & Plant Defender.
- Houseplants enjoy spending the summer outside so find a sheltered spot for them and give them some air.
- 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 tomatoes and feed regularly with a high potash liquid tomato fertiliser.
- Prune established plum and apricot trees.
- Keep up the fight against slugs, snails and other pests. Encourage birds and other wildlife into the garden and they’ll lend their support.
- Talking of birds, 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.
Fancy more? As much as our June newsletter is full of handy info, check out our Monthly Garden Advice for more tips, tricks and jobs to do each month!
July Flowers to Sow
No matter what month it is there will always be sowings to be made. Why not try aquilegia, campanula, coreopsis, delphinium, myosotis, penstemon and pansy seeds. It’s also time to sow biennials such as foxglove, Sweet William and forget-me-nots for planting out in autumn.
Superb spring flowering item with masses of mid-blue blooms which are produced on dwarf ‘ball’ shaped plants. Ideal for massed bedding with tulips or as an edging. Naturalises easily and grows successfully in most soils. Flowers April-June. HB – Hardy biennial. Height 15cm (6″).
Lovely double and semi-double flowers in shades of pale pink and rose. Height 25cm (10″). HP – Hardy perennial.
Charlotte says: ‘An easy-to-grow mini rose with a lovely delicate scent’. Quick and easy to grow from seed! Sow January-July under glass, flowers June-September/March-May (year 2).
Unique Flower Seed – July Newsletter
A re-selection of Sutton’s favourite of yesteryear, this foxglove has improved colour, flower size and vigour. Easy to grow, it will produce tall spikes with the classic tiers of apricot-pink tubular flowers that make it an outstanding ‘cottage garden’ plant. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. (Please note: Seeds/plants toxic if eaten.) HB – Hardy biennial. Height 120-150cm (4-5′).
Tall and elegant flower spikes add height to the border. I love that this variety will grow in partial shade too.
July Veg to Sow
During July, continue to make new sowings of carrot, lettuce and spinach. Pot-grown sweet corn can be planted out – place the plants in blocks rather than rows, spacing them out about 45cm apart. Beetroot and other crops can be harvested while they are young and tender. Regularly pick runner bean, French beans and courgettes to encourage further cropping.
Traditional favourite with crisp, compact white hearts. Butterhead variety.
Quick and easy lettuces are many people’s first veggie crop. Try mixing red and green lettuce leaves to add a note of bitterness to salads, or try slicing up little gem lettuces and sautéing with peas and garlic for an alternative homegrown lunch.
An extra fine french bean as would be seen in the “finest” range in supermarkets. It boasts exceptional flavour and very heavy crops.
- A super fine bean with excellent flavour
- Very high yields
Tom says: The finest of all French beans, this extra fine bean has taken the market by storm on the continent with good reason. It has incredible flavour and will give huge yields.
Unique Veg Seed – July Newsletter
The first hybrid purple carrot combining great taste and a vigorous growth habit with a colour that will brighten up mealtimes and could be a good way to encourage children to eat vegetables! Sow March-July, and store maincrop roots in dry sand or soil. (12-20 weeks maturity.)
Offers this Month – July Newsletter
Whether you’re looking for bumper bedding packs, tasty fruit and veg or garden furniture to sit back and enjoy your outdoor space, we have an offer for you that you can check out straight from our July newsletter. You’ll find the best offers from our catalogues, alongside last-minute deals and exciting seasonal sales.
Social Posts of the Month #MySuttonsJourney
We like to feature our gardening community in our monthly newsletter and reflect on some of the social posts you have shared with us every month. This month’s gardening antiques included harvesting radishes, discovering new seeds, a bee in a foxglove, bundles of perennials and peachy dalmations!
Below are our top 5 social posts of the previous month and if you would like the chance to be featured in next month’s newsletter, simply tag us and use the hashtag #MySuttonsJourney.
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Bees’ Needs Week: 12th – 18th July
Are you keen to help the pollinators population? 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, Bees’ Needs Week will be held 12-18 July and like 2020, the focus will be activities online to share ways in which everyone can continue to help bees and other pollinators.
So, How Can You help?
If your unsure of how to help, our July Newsletter is full of helpful hints. One of the most simple and easiest ways is by ensuring that your garden includes at least some nectar-producing plants. And this is in turn where we here at Suttons can help you. Visit our website and browse the Plants Attractive to Bees range and choose your plants as a great starting point!
There are ways you can save the bees and help other 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.
- Create a bee bath.
- Provide a bee home.
- Support local beekeepers and organizations.
Here are some of our beehives you can provide today!
Upgrade Your Summer Furniture!
Suttons offer a wide range of Outdoor Living essentials and we have a variety of collections to make the perfect outdoor living space! Sit back and relax, this is the time to enjoy the fruits of your garden labour and make sure it is coupled with plenty of comfortable and stylish furniture to really make the most of any kind of outdoor space you have!
Whether you are looking for a simple bench or a patio set to seat the whole family, our extensive range of garden and outdoor furniture contains seating for every situation! Seeking garden shade? Our range of parasols and stands will help to keep you cool on the hottest days. For a natural look, our durable wooden garden and outdoor furniture are sure to tick the box. Want to leave your garden furniture outside all year? Try our beautiful zero maintenance range. Need a small bistro set for your balcony? We have plenty to inspire you. Perhaps you’d rather recline on a day bed or lounger? Or hang out in a hammock? We’ve garden and outdoor furniture to suit everyone!
Top Tips for Growing Your Own Strawberry Field
Summer means strawberries and British strawberries are the best. And home-grown strawberries are even better! Depending on whereabouts in the country you live the peak for home-grown strawberries tends to be June/July. Easily grown in beds or pots, there’s room for at least a few strawberry plants in every garden. They will even be happy growing in a hanging basket.
Our July Newsletter is full of tips for you to follow! Harvest your strawberries regularly to win the race against the ever-hungry slugs. Keeping the fruits out of the fridge will help their flavour to develop but they will need eating within a couple of days. That shouldn’t prove difficult.
Strawberries retain water so don’t wash them until just before you are ready to feast. And don’t hull them until after you’ve washed them. Nobody loves a soggy strawberry!
Strawberries combine beautifully with rhubarb, especially when baked together beneath a crumble. Custard Creams come tops in many a “favourite biscuit” survey but how about Strawberry Creams? Simply puree your strawberries with a little sugar and a dash of orange juice and then sandwich this between two thin layers of homemade shortbread. Yum! Of course, strawberries can also be made into ice cream, added to Pavlova, mashed into Eton Mess, plopped into Pimms or simply topped with cream. And then there’s strawberry gin.
Our All New Spring Bulb Range has Landed!
We are pleased to say in our July Newsletter that we have a brand new range of Spring Bulbs for you to choose from and get ready for your spring garden next year! Spring flowering bulbs are so easy to grow. All you need to do is plant up your spring-flowering bulbs into your beds, borders and containers from October to December, then sit back and wait for the display to begin next spring and every year after! Spring flowering bulbs aren’t just a gap-filler while you’re waiting for your perennial plants to come through! Many gardeners plan well in advance for this time of year and look forward to the day that their gardens begin to erupt with colour.
Best Time To Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
Spring flowering bulbs are normally delivered from mid-September until the end of November, meaning you have a window of several months to plant your bulbs before you start to see the first signs of frost. Generally, spring-flowering bulbs are well suited to a sunny patch in rich, well-draining soil. Bulbs are very simple to plant, but acquiring some handy garden hand tools such as a bulb planter will make the process even easier.
Depending on the variety, most bulbs can be planted at a depth of three times their height, and although it’s recommended to plant each bulb a certain distance from the next, you can simply throw them onto the soil and plant them where they land for a more naturalised look. Most bulbs are ideal for naturalising, simply choose a spot where the bulbs will remain undisturbed – in a shady corner, or at the base of a deciduous tree and shrubs is ideal – and they will quickly multiply to create a carpet of plants that will delight you with a spectacular flower display year after year.
Grow Spring Bulbs For Cut Flowers – July Newsletter
Fresh cut flowers can bring instant joy and colour to the home. However, shop-bought flowers (particularly from supermarkets) have likely been on a long journey before you even take them home and put them in a vase. Harvesting flowers from your own garden means a much longer vase life – and you’ll save yourself some money. When growing cut flowers, the process of planting and maintaining the bulbs is the same as growing them for outdoor enjoyment. The secret is to cut the flowers when they only just start to open and do so in the morning, as this is when they are most hydrated. This will give your flowers a fresh appearance and a long life inside your home.
Allotment Tips – July Newsletter
Do you or someone you know own an allotment and want to find out helpful hints and tips each month? Lee Senior is an experienced horticultural writer, RHS Yorkshire in Bloom judge and horticultural consultant, who writes a monthly entree on allotment tips each month for Suttons blog.
Our July newsletter discusses some gardening topics, but Lee tackles everything from water butts, talking strawberries, sowing seeds and troublesome crops!
We hope our July Newsletter inspires your summer garden displays and gives you plenty of jobs to get busy in the garden with this month!
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