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Whether you stay at home or go on hol­i­day, ev­ery­thing grows fast in July. Kathy Vi­vian has some ideas to help you keep your gar­den in or­der

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Thas been a dry year so far and some plants will need ex­tra wa­ter. Plants in con­tain­ers al­ways need wa­ter­ing dur­ing the sum­mer, but also wa­ter any climbers and other plants close to walls as the ground there can get very dry.

If you have planted any trees and shrubs dur­ing the last cou­ple of years, don’t let their roots dry out. When wa­ter­ing, make sure that the wa­ter gets deep down to theth roots. Giv­ing plants only enoughen wa­ter to just wet the soil sur­facesu en­cour­ages them to grow shal­lowsh roots, mak­ing them more vul­ner­a­blevu to dry­ing out quickly.

If you can, col­lect rain wa­ter run­ningr off the roofs of sheds and garagesg in wa­ter butts for wa­ter­ing youry gar­den dur­ing dry spells.

If you are go­ing on hol­i­day, ask a neigh­bour or friend to wa­ter any pl plants in con­tain­ers. If you grow ve veg­eta­bles like beans and co cour­gettes, or flow­ers like sweet­peas, ask them to pick those as well as this stim­u­lates the plants to pro­duce more.

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