Gardens|June 25, 2012 11:50 am

Gardening tips for July 2012

We’re fast approaching July so we thought it would be a good idea to give you some gardening tips you can use over the next month to keep your garden in great shape.

Check for slugs

As June has been one of the wettest on record, it’s worth checking plant beds for slugs – especially if you’re growing vegetables. These critters have a sweet tooth for your vegetables, so keeping them away is pretty important for the health of your plot.

It’s important to note that slugs are actually needed for your garden as well. They eat decaying plants and help disperse seeds, which is a great way to naturally aid the natural life-cycle of your garden.

The best thing to do is just divert them away from the areas that they’ll cause havoc, such as your prized flower beds and vegetable plots. The most natural way of doing this is creating a barrier and a¬†deterrent.

The deterrent can be a pile of wet leaves you’ve dug up from weeding. Slugs like wet leaves as they’re much easier for them to eat, and if you lay them out in an easy-to-access area then they’ll head to those as it will be much less effort.

Around your prized plants, try leaving some Seaweed. As Seaweed is high in salt, this will deter the slugs. I wouldn’t recommend pouring salt down to dissolve the slugs – it’s a pretty grim way for them to die and it’s messy for you to clean up.

Copper is also another great deterrent. If you lay strips of copper around your flower bed, the slugs won’t be able to pass it. This is because when they come into contact with copper, the slime they use to move about causes a chemical reaction – which generates an electrical current and gives them a shock!

This won’t kill them, but will help deter them from your precious plants!

Get watering

As the hose pipe ban has now been lifted for most of the South East of the UK, you are safe to start watering your garden properly again. You should still keep your eye on how much water you use when spraying your flower beds, but purchasing a nozzle that turns the water into a wide spray will help more evenly distribute the water.

Plant seeds

To have a vegetable crop to harvest in the Autumn time, make sure to plant the seeds for your lettuce, carrots, turnips and radishes towards the end of July in order for them to be harvested in the Autumn.

Even though you’ll see the first shoots appearing in under a week after planting them, vegetables like this will take a few months to grow properly – plant them in time and you’ll have a great crop.

 

We’ll be providing more quick gardening tips over the course of each month, so check back for more!

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