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July in the garden

by User Not Found | Jul 02, 2014

July is the hottest month in the year so it's time to sit out in your garden and enjoy it. Don't forget to keep your plants watered and regularly check the weather forecast for blight warnings.

Fruit and Vegetables
Blight warnings. If you have planted potatoes or tomatoes check the weather forecast for blight warnings (it spreads quickly in warm wet weather conditions). You can use Proxanil or Bordeaux mix to control it. Spraying every week - 10days

War on Cabbage White butterfly. At this time of the year they will be laying their eggs and all cabbage family plants are in danger as its caterpillars can devastate an entire crop in a few days. To prevent Cabbage White butterfly from laying on the leaves cover the crops with a fine mesh that does not allow them to lay the eggs on the leaves. If it’s too late for that then you could pick them off by hand or spray them with a good caterpillar spray.

Pick peas and beans that are ripe to encourage the plants to keep producing. They may need a feed of Miracle-Gro Fruit and Veg or Seaweed feed to ensure they have the energy to keep cropping.

It is also important to keep your fruit and vegetables watered in dry spells as they can drop fruit, or go to seed if they have a water shortage.

Flowers
Summer bedding plants need to be fed once a week with a liquid feed such as Tomato food or All-purpose liquid feed. They also need to be watered and dead headed regularly to prolong flowering.

Roses are in full bloom and are looking great. Prevent them from diseases and pests such as greenfly, white fly and black spot by spraying them with Roseclear once every fortnight. Feed every month with a slow release feed e.g JAB Rose Food



Around the Garden

Lawn. If lawns are starting to look a little yellow now is the ideal time to give them a feed. Make sure to do it when rain is forecast so as to wash it into the soil. Now is a great time to spray for lawn weeds while weeds are in full flower. Cut the lawn and spray after 3-4 days with Dicophar or hygiea lawn weed killer.

If you have newly planted trees or shrubs this year then it is essential to make sure they are well watered in any dry spells. If you have any trees staked then it is necessary to check the tree ties to ensure they are loose so as not to damage the bark of the tree.

Jean’s Bio  
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.