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Along with Wisteria, rambling Roses can be pruned and to keep those gorgeous flowers coming ensure you deadhead other garden roses. I always leave some Roses that produce gorgeous hips because of their Winter interest and for wildlife to enjoy. For more rose growing tips take a look at David Austin Roses website here.
Even though we are in the middle of the summer, it’s time to think ahead! Hyacinths and mini Daffodils can be potted up to give you a beautiful display for later in the year. As soon as they are showing about 2.5cm of growth move them into a cool room. When it’s time to put on a festive flower display, move them back into a warm room and enjoy!
There is still time to plant out some Winter vegetables. If you haven’t already found space for your Brassicas such as Cabbages, Cauliflower, Sprouts and Broccoli, make sure you get them in place this month. Don’t forget caterpillars will be quite happy munching on them as well, so ensure they are covered in net to keep the cabbage white butterfly away. Check the undersides of the leaves regularly for signs of eggs.
August is a great month for harvesting. From sweetcorn to runner beans, main crop potatoes, fruit and those all important greenhouse harvests. An abundance of tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers and cucamelons can be picked right now. If you are thinking of expanding your growing space next year or investing in a new greenhouse, we have some fantastic colours available to suit your garden and space here.
If you have laid straw around your strawberries to keep the fruits dry and suppress weeds, now is the time to remove old dirty straw away from the bed and just leave a thin layer of clean straw behind. This helps to prevent pests and diseases and allows you to weed and replace plants preparing your strawberries for next year.
It’s absolutely fascinating, magical even, watching bats on a summer evening when they are at their most active. Just after sunset, enjoy their silhouettes in the sky in woodlands and large gardens. They do need homes, just like birds do, so putting up a bat box in your garden which may provide a home to Pipistrelles or Brown Long Eared bats is a great idea and fun for kids to do as well.
A little pond upkeep is a good idea this month as the warm, sunny weather can contribute to blanket and duck weed in the water. Remove this with some net as soon as you can to keep the water clear and clean. Remove faded, dead or damaged flowers and leaves from aquatic and marginal plants as well.
It’s a good idea to just allow some flowers and a few vegetables to run to seed. Some of the flowers are actually very attractive and can provide food for birds and other creatures over the months ahead. Some seedbeds do give good coverage rather than having bare soil.