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
Sow turnip, swede and spring cabbage seed. Water drills first. Harvest beetroot, and sweetcorn where silks have withered. Bend over onion tops in preparation for lifting and thin earlier planted swedes and turnips. Pick apples, plums and gages when ready. “The fruit should easily leave the branch”.
Cut out weak blackcurrant shoots, leaving the strong ones which will bear fruit do not prune out new shoots.
The Water Garden
Young herons will have fledged and have to look for their own food now. They are active especially early in the morning and during twilight. Therefore make sure your pond fish are protected. Also during this month water temperatures can be relatively high. So, remember the oxygen content and use an aeration pump, if necessary. Remove dead foliage from the pond, the leaves of plants will turn yellow and brown as they age. When this happens, it is best to cut them off. This reduces debris buildup in the pond, provides more room for new growth, and improves the appearance of the pond. Continue to use a bacteria product to help supplement the good bacteria in the pond for a continuous healthy pond such as NT Labs Pond Mature.
The 32nd annual Koi Show & Craft Fayre exhibiting some of the area’s finest Koi Carp is making a return to Hollybush on August 11th & 12th. The show is being hosted by the Mid-Staffs Koi Keeping Society, and is open for viewing by the general public, with members of the society being invited to show the fish.
Admission: Adults £3.00 O.A.Ps £2.00 children under 16’s 50p.
Pick sweet peas regularly to encourage the development of further flowers. Begin to plant winter flowering bulbs. Keep flower beds free from weeds, hoe and mulch as necessary. Dead head and keep borders tidy, prune rambling roses which have finished flowering. Check Chrysanthemums and Dahlias for earwig attacks, and sow perennial, Papavers or Poppies this month.
Feed with slow acting fertilizer and water during dry spells if required. Cut back the edges that have been encroached by herbaceous plants and edge with a plastic edging strip.
Remove some lower leaves from tomatoes to allow better circulation and more light to reach fruits. Grapes will be ready for picking when all the branches have been cut. Spray plants and floors with clean water to deter red spider mites. Take cuttings of Pelargoniums, Fuchsias, Heliotrope and re-pot Arum Lilies.