Prune out overcrowded or dead stems of evergreen Clematis such as
armandii after it has finished flowering to maintain a good shape.
Harvest flower heads from your lavender plants to
use in baking or as a garnish to your meals!
In the vegetable garden
Colin Randel (Vegetable Product Manager) says...
Charlotte and Maris Peer potatoes can be planted from mid June to late July. These are best planted into our 40 litre patio bags, 5 tubers per bag. No chitting is necessary as the warmth of the compost and the summer temperatures will quickly entice growth. Keep the compost moist at all times whilst the plants are growing, do not overwater or saturate the compost as this can compact the compost and squeeze out the oxygen, preventing the developing tubers from swelling. Also container growing allows them to be moved into your greenhouse or shed if blight threatens.
Pinch out any side shoots from your tomato plants
and feed once the first truss is setting fruit. You can pot up the side-shoots to create new tomato plants.
Continue to earth up potato plants as they grow. If you're growing potatoes in bags simply add
more compost to half way up the plant stem.
Harvest salad crops and resow every 2 weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves.
Harvest early potatoes - these are normally ready from 10 weeks after planting.
Look out for onion and garlic leaves yellowing and dying back - this means they are ready
Water your containers and baskets well in hot weather. Start to feed them with a balanced
liquid fertiliser every 2
to 4 weeks.
To conserve water, water the soil rather than the plants and make ponds around
individual plants so that the water can really soak in, ideally wetting the soil quite deeply, say to 25cm (10in).
Thorough watering like this supports plants for 14 days, but merely wetting the surface wastes water, encourages
weeds and can lead to surface rooting making the plants more vulnerable.
Use water butts as much as you can to water your plants.
Keep removing blanketweed from your pond to allow the plants and fish room to breathe. Try using
Pond Wizard to clear your pond
Keep an eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and
spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.
Look for aphids on the underside of leaves - rub them off by hand or spray with an insecticide to
prevent them multiplying. Alternatively try using a natural pest control such as Lacewing larvae
Keep an eye out for scarlet lily beetles on your lilies - remove and crush any you see. Also check
for the sticky brown larvae on the underside of leaves.
Check for vine weevils by tipping your plants out of their pots and looking for 'C' shaped creamy
maggots amongst the roots. Treat with nematodes if vine weevils are spotted.
Prevent slugs attacking your young plants by using nemaslug
Clip evergreen hedges such as Privet, Box and Yew whilst they are in active
Turn the compost in your compost bins every month to keep it well aerated.