Whatever the weather or time of year there is always something to be done in the garden.
Each month we ask our managers to give us their advice on what we should be looking at at this time of year.
The Kitchen Garden
Earth up celery, finish cutting asparagus spears and feed occasionally. Hoe between potato rows to control weeds and sow beetroot, spring cabbage, chicory, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach and turnips. Pick strawberries as they ripen, along with currants, gooseberries, peaches, cherries and raspberries.
Peg down strawberry runners and feed with Vitax Q4.
Spray fruit with fungicide to prevent mildew and keep crops well watered and netted to protect them from birds. Pull rhubarb by mid month and leave the plants to recover.
The Water Garden
Water evaporates during windy or hot weather, leading to the water level dropping. The reduced surface area can be damaging for fish as there’s less oxygen available, so top up the pond if necessary. Ideally use rainwater from a butt, as tap water can contain chlorine and chloramines that can harm fish. If this is not possible make sure you add a dechlorinator to the pond when adding new water. Top the pond up slowly so the pond doesn’t cool down too quickly. Use an oxygenator or water feature to break the surface of the water to increase oxygen levels. Try not to feed your fish at night as they need more oxygen when digesting their food. Make sure you are not overfeeding your fish as this can lead to excess nutrients in the water which can then cause algae and blanketweed problems.
Water containers and baskets daily and feed weekly. Pinch out the tips of Chrysanthemums to encourage branching. Cut down any remaining leaves on spring flowering bulbs at ground level, any that are in the wrong place can be lifted and replanted in autumn. Continue dead-heading roses and feeding with Toprose. Maintain a regular spray programme to prevent aphid and fungus attack.
Sow Brompton Stocks, Sweet William, Wallflowers and Canterbury Bells ready for autumn planting.
Wimbledon gets underway this month. Cut weekly, preferably twice a week. Apply Aftercut to the entire lawn and keep it watered during dry spells. Spot treat weed patches with Weedol lawn.
Keep everything well watered. Feed tomatoes weekly and remove side shoots.
Increase ventilation and shade as needed. Pinch out the growing tips of cucumbers as they reach the desired height. Watch out for red spider mite- keep, humidity high to deter them.