What to do NOW
During these dry summer months, water becomes important. The sun is at its maximum daylight hours and plants are at the height of their growth and production. Whether you use a sprinkler, or water by hand, it is important to take your time. Water less often but more deeply – the soil should be wet through to at least 5cm.
Think about the time of day when you water. Watering during the heat of the day is wasteful as the water will evaporate quickly, before it can be used by the plants. Watering in the early morning or evening is the best time. Group your pots together – minimising their exposure to the sun will help to stop them drying out.
If you are going on holiday, spend a little time giving the garden a clean up before you go. Harvest everything that is ready or nearly ready and weed and feed anything that needs it. If you're going to be away for a long time, enlist the help of a neighbour. Make it easy for them and set the hose and sprinkler to your requirements, attach a water timer, and then it will just be a turn of the tap.
As your strawberries finish producing, give them a tidy up. Start by removing all the runners, putting them to one side. On the main plant remove any damaged leaves, feed with strawberry food or blood and bone and then replenish the mulch around them. If any plants are showing signs of disease or have produced poorly, then replace them with the set aside runners. Continue to use the runners to establish a new bed if required.
Trim away leaves from your bunches of grapes to expose them to the sun and use bird netting to protect them from the birds. Remove any fruit that has fallen to the ground from omyour your fruit trees – this will break the breeding cycle of Codlin and Guava moth. They burrow into the ground to completee their life cycle and will infect your trees again next spring.