GARDENA tips for your garden
Aubergines: As the fruits get bigger towards the end of the month, it’s not unusual to see them lying on the ground. Now is the time to protect them against being eaten by slugs and snails by using a suitable form of underlay, such as a mat with a curved outer edge, and checking them frequently.
Window boxes: Anyone who has planted summer flowers without adding a long-lasting fertiliser now faces the prospect of a poor show of yellowing flowers on their balcony or window sill if they haven’t given them the liquid feed they need. Regularly applying a liquid fertiliser suitable for flowering plants will help to prevent this.
Autumn vegetables: Endives, curly kale, autumn radish, sugarloaf etc. can be grown from plant or seed in July, depending on the vegetable.
Potatoes: Schedule in regular checks for potato beetle larvae and gather up the larvae as necessary.
Kohlrabi: If kohlrabi are cultivated in an environment that is too dry and then suddenly get a lot of water through watering or rain, they will burst. This also applies to root vegetables, such as swede, beetroot, garden and cultivated radishes, and fruiting vegetables, such as tomatoes. This type of vegetable needs a regular and adequate supply of water to ensure an undamaged crop. You can do this - and save water at the same time - by routing a drip hose through the row of young crops/plants.
Garden birds: When young birds have definitively flown the nest (box), the box should be taken away, the nest removed from it, and the inside given a thorough clean with hot water. After drying the box, hang it back in its spot with the entrance hole facing southeast. Make sure the box is hanging vertically!
Parsley: This particular herb will let you know when it’s in its second year by its flower. It will die off after the flowering and seed-setting phases. That’s why the next generation of these biennials needs to be sown at the right time.
Roses: At the beginning of July, you will notice the first array of floribunda dying off. To stimulate second flowering, cut off any withered rose blooms, plus at least two pinnae below them. You may also wish to apply a compound fertiliser at the rate of about 30 g/m².
Gooseberries: Sometimes it’s difficult delving into a thorny shrub to pick fruit with your hands. But because your berry bushes won’t be getting their summer pruning until harvesting is done, here’s a tip: Thin the bushes out by cutting off individual branches, then simply take them back to your patio and pick the fruit there.
Tomatoes: By now, tomatoes will be in their vigorous growing phase as we head towards harvest time in the "tomato month" of August. Except for vine tomatoes, the side shoots that appear in the axils should be removed completely.