Written by John Boon
July & August 2020
Please note that all Club meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus.
The Summer Show has had to be postponed until next year. The Trading Hut remains closed. If there is anything that you need please call 01483 874123.
Things to do in the garden in July.
- Remove the main stem of Cordon Tomatoes just above the fourth truss, any fruit that forms above this truss is unlikely to ripen before winter sets in.
- Spray Potatoes and Tomatoes when it is wet and muggy to reduce the risk of blight damage.
Regularly pick Courgettes unless you wish the fruit to become Marrows.
- A regular feed of Tomorite will help Tomatoes and Dahlias to produce good fruit and flowers, start feeding Tomatoes as soon as the first fruit starts to form, irregular watering will encourage blossom end rot in Tomatoes.
- Continue to make successional sowings of Salad Crops
- Regularly pick Courgettes unless you wish the fruit to become Marrows.
- French and Runner Beans will become tough and stringy unless they are picked frequently.
- Leeks and Winter Brassicas should be planted out this month.
- Give Summer Bedding Plants and containerised plants a regular Liquid feed.
- Dead head Bedding Plants to maintain a colourful display and Perennials to obtain a second flush of bloom.
- Keep containerised Camellias and Rhododendrons well watered to enable good flowering next year.
Things to do in the garden in August.
- After all your hard work during the ‘Lockdown’ you can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
- Continue to harvest fast growing Vegetables and Salad crops as they mature.
- Keep Runner Beans well watered which will help the flowers to set.
- Rambling Roses should be pruned after flowering, cutting out one in three stems from the base to encourage new growth.
- Summer prune Wisteria, removing all new shoots to five buds above the main stem.
- Now is the time to set Earwig traps amongst your Dahlias, fill a 3” pot with hay or straw and place it upside down on the end of the cane supporting the plant, the Earwigs will climb into the pot during the night and will be waiting for you to shake them out into a dish in the morning for disposal.
After all your hard work during the ‘Lockdown’ you can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
- This month you can start collecting seed from Annuals ready for sowing next Spring, do not collect the seed of F1 hybrids as they will not produce flowers true to type next year.
- Set the mower blades on high when cutting the grass during dry periods.
To join the club or our meetings Call John Boon on 01483 874123