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  • The beauty of gardening is enjoying every season and the different outdoor tasks that come as the year moves along.

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    It’s July, and high summer and the key tasks are watering, preparing for the seasons ahead as well as harvesting and enjoying the flavours from the ground. How wonderful to come full circle and to enjoy fruit and vegetables that you have planted and nurtured. It’s nature at it’s very best!

    Top 10 July List

    1. Water hanging baskets and planted containers, especially during hot spells. They will also benefit from a good feed once a week. They will thank you for showing them some TLC!
    2. Why not plant some autumn flowering bulbs such as crocus and begonia. As a gardener you are often working a season ahead!
    3. It’s high summer and a combination of wet and warm weather mean more garden pests. Keep roses sprayed to keep pests and disease at bay and to keep them at their blooming best.
    4. Prune late spring flowering shrubs as soon as they flower, this will encourage strong healthy shoots as well as increase flowering. By investing in your shrubs you will be rewarded handsomely.
    5. Going on holidays? Take down hanging baskets and make a trough in the soil in a cool, shady spot. Sit your baskets in it and drench thoroughly before you take off.
    6. Harvest early potatoes, globe artichokes and onions. Handy tip- pick your vegetables when they are young – if you leave harvest time too long they will become tough.
    7. Try and encourage children to spend time in the garden. It gets them fresh air, away from the TV screen and best of all you have an extra pair of hands for those little jobs! Find some fun children’s activities here.
    8. Don’t forget your fences, exterior woodwork and slabs! We can sometimes neglect these garden jobs, so stick aside an afternoon and it’s scratched off the list for another few months!
    9. Trim back your hedges to encourage a steady growth.
    10. Rejuvenate plants such as pansies and petunias. Cut them down to the bushier growth at the base and feed and watering them. This will encourage growth as well as beautiful colour!