Gardening Hints and Tasks for July 2022
During dry weather, raise the blades on your lawn mower to allow the
grass to grow a little bit longer. This will keep it greener and help
it retain moisture.
Top up water levels. Water can evaporate rapidly from water features
and ponds in the height of summer, so top them up if the water level
drops significantly. Rainwater from a water butt is best – chemicals
in tap water can affect the nutrient balance in the pond.
If your greenhouse is in a sunny spot, it can quickly get too hot on
sunny days. Put shading material or paint with shading paint to reduce
the temperature inside.
Sow kohlrabi, lettuce, leaf beet, chard, endive, chicory, Florence
fennel, chervil and coriander. Finish sowing beetroot and savoy
cabbage in the first week of July. After mid-July, sow land cress,
Chinese cabbage and spinach. From the end of July to mid-August, sow
mustards, pak choi and salad rocket.
Leafy veg, such as lettuce, chard, kale, spinach, and herbs, such as
coriander and basil, need most water to keep growing new leaves.
Root veg, such as kohlrabi, beetroot and potatoes in their last month
of growth, need little water other than when roots do a final swell.
Every few days is better than a large dose weekly, which might cause
splitting of roots.