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
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.