• Aimee.Dillon

July's Gardening Check List

July is a great month to prepare your soil for planting vegetable and flower plants in spring. Winter planting continues as many seasonal favourites like Roses, Fruit trees and Camellias become available in store.




Flower Garden

  • For instance winter colour plant your favourite seedlings like Pansies, Sweet pea, Stock, Lobelia, Cinerria and Dianthus directly into your garden. Water in Well and feed with Miracle Grow Max Feed All Purpose.

  • For spring colour sow your favourite seeds like Delphinium, Forget-me-not, Larkspur, Primula, Salvia, Snapdragon and Wallflower in seed trays with seed raising mix. Water with a fine mist and once the seedlings begin to show, feed with half strength Miracle Grow Max All Purpose.

  • Protect your young seedlings from slugs and snails with Tui Quash which is safe around kids and pets.

  • New season Rhododendrons, Camellias, Hellebores and Daphne are in stores ready for winter planing so they can get established in the cooler months.

  • Plant new trees and shrubs add fertiliser and generous quantities of compost to the planting hole.

  • Feed spring bulbs in your garden with a side dressing of bulb food (although not recommended for bulbs planted in pots). Feed bulbs in pots and bulbs with their flower heads showing with Miracle Grow Max Feed All Purpose.

  • Cut back untidy growth of perennial plants like Lavender, Canna lillies, Agapanthus, Fuchia and Geraniums.

  • Towards the end of the month plant Gladioli, Tuberous, Begonias, Dahlias, Lilies and Calla lilies for summer flowering. Prepare the ground prior to planting by adding general garden fertiliser. Gladioli will flower approximately 100 days after planting.

  • Apply mulch around trees and shrubs to suppress weeds, improve soil structure and keep plant roots warm.


Roses

  • New season's roses are in store now. Get your favourite classic varieties or choose from a range of new and exciting releases.

  • To ensure beautiful blooms come spring protect by spraying with Copper Oxycholride, a bug oil or the easy to use Yates Rose Gun. These sprays guard against scale, mites, aphids and fungus diseases.

  • Your existing roses will now need a good prune. Ensuring your cutting tools are sharp and clean; cut out any dead, diseased or damaged branches. For more information pick up a copy of the Plamers Rose Book.


Kitchen Garden

  • Time to start preparing the soil for spring vegetable planting.n If you have sown any 'green crops' like Lupin, dig this into your garden now. Add compost and lime to condition the soil, but wait until it dries out slightly if it is wet and boggy.

  • Sow seeds of your favourite veges like Broccoli, Cabbage, Broad Beans, Onions, Spinach, Silverbeet, in seed trays in a warm spot. Transplant to your garden in 6-8 weeks or once they are approximately 4 cm high. In warmer districts you can sow Carrots, Parsnips and Beetroot.

  • Plant seedlings of Artichoke, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Silverbeet and Cabbage directly into your garden. The use of protective cloches (plastic tunnel or dome) will allow you to plant earlier and encourage vigorous growth.

  • Protect your young seedlings from slugs and snails with Tui Quash which is safe around kids and pets.

  • Spray your winter veges with Copper Oxycholride every 14 days to prevent fungus diseases and bacterial blight spots.

  • In warmer areas plant a crop of early Potatoes. Place your seed Potatoes in a tray in a sunny position for at least a month before planting. Plant in a large plastic pot or a planter in a warm and sheltered position when the sprouts on the seed Potatoes are about 2 - 4cm long.

  • Plant Garlic, Elephant Garlic and Shallot bulbs along with Asparagus crowns. For best results plant in well-draining soil rich in organic matter (compost).

  • Now is the time to plant Strawberries - getting them in early will not only give you more fruit but you will get fruit earlier too. Add a clean layer of pea straw mulch around the plants to deter pests and to keep the berries up off the dirt. Allow for 5 plants per person to ensure enough delicious fruit for everyone at harvest time.

  • Plant new season fruit trees; Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches, Apricots and Nectarines, plus a wide range of citrus trees are in store now. Use a long term fertiliser when planting.

  • Prune your deciduous fruit trees now. Ensure your cutting tools are sharp and clean and protect cuts with pruning paste.

  • If your fruit trees had any issues with brown rot or fungus over summer now is the time to spray with Coper Oxychloride which controls a wide range of fungal and bacteria diseases. Spray at leaf fall, bud burst and at the green tip stage for best results.

  • To control sooty mould, mites, aphids and white fly on fruit and citrus trees spray with a bug oil spray. The oil will effectively smoother the pests and their eggs to protect your plants and is a low toxic options.




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