July is (hopefully) one of the hottest months of year and is the time when many gardens are bursting with colour and with fruit and vegetables ready to harvest. 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.
- 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
- Don’t allow onions to go short of water as this will affect the size of crop. Your onion hoe needs to be kept busy this month keeping down the weeds
- Remove side shoots on tomatoes and feed regularly with a high potash liquid tomato fertiliser.
- Regularly pick runner and French beans and courgettes to encourage further cropping.
- Prune established plum and apricot trees
- Keep picking sweet peas for enjoying indoors and feed the plants a feed every 12 days
- Time to sow Digitalis, Delphinium & Pansy seeds
- Time to sow Broad Bean, Beetroot, Radish, Carrot and Turnip seeds
“Let’s have summer first!” I hear you cry, but one of the keys to successful gardening is planning ahead. After all, if you hadn’t planned your summer bedding back in the early spring it wouldn’t be looking so good now!
We’ve been putting the finishing touch to our Bulb Catalogue and will mailing it to you in early August. Not only does it include a stunning range of spring bulbs but also autumn, winter and spring bedding to brighten up those dark months. If you can’t wait until the catalogue arrives you’ll find many of the items already available on our website at www.suttons.co.uk. Order now for delivery in September.
“I’m just mad about saffron, saffron’s mad about me!”
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice and is obtained from the stigmas of the saffron crocus, crocus sativus. A single flower has only three stigmas and these are so fragile they need to be picked by hand. So, the high price comes from the fact that a huge number of flowers are needed to produce just a few grams of saffron and much manual labour is involved. Considered a fairly exotic spice saffron was for many years produced in the UK, specifically in the area around Saffron Walden. The clue is in the name! So rather than sticking with the little plastic boxes of fake saffron that many of us bring back from Spanish and Moroccan holidays why not have a go at growing your own?