Monty’s Top 10 August Gardening Jobs

Well what a lovely summer it’s been so far and hopefully it will continue, but what does that mean for our gardens? With each season comes new obstacles to overcome so I have compiled a list of the top ten things to be getting on with this August in your garden. I always think this is a good month for us gardener’s as all the hard work is paying off, bedding plants are looking good, the borders are full of colour and the vegetable patch is over flowing with food for the table. My ultimate top tip for August has to be, spend some well earned time sitting and enjoying your garden, you have worked hard all year so now is the month to take a little time for yourself, but not too much.  1) Dead heading – for a continuing display, make sure you are regularly dead heading your flowering plants and cutting back brown foliage to promote new growth and revitalize. Regular dead heading will encourage bedding & summer flowering perennials to produce more flowers and prolong the summer colour well in to Autumn. Watch out for seeds to collect too, such as Foxgloves, Aquilega and even bedding plants such as Marigold, collect, dry & store these for next year.  2) New plants – If you are planning on planting any new trees, shrubs, or perennials, do it this month to give them a chance to take root and don’t forget to keep them well watered now before the cooler temperatures arise.  3) Moving plants – If, over the summer, you’ve given your indoor plants a little taste of the great outdoors then consider moving them back inside this month to acclimatise them back to indoor life. No doubt they may have grown a little so also consider re-potting them.  4) Add colour – You may want to change your colour pallet around for the autumn; try bringing in chrysanthemums as they have a broad range of colours to choose from and also start to replace some of your annual plants with some cool season annuals so as to create a smoother transition.  5) Weeds – The gardeners bane. August is the ideal time to take action against these pests as it is around this time that they start to produce thousands of seeds ready to germinate in the spring. The best time to complete this task is after some rainfall, then once you have carefully dug them out, you can cover the area with fresh compost. My top tip with this is if you don’t have time to dig weeds up or it’s too dry then make...

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Monty’s Top 10 July Gardening Jobs

July is often one of the warmest and most enjoyable months out in the garden. You can sit and watch as all your hard work from spring begins to properly pay off, with flowers blooming and your veg/fruit ready for harvesting. Whilst it is the perfect month to relax and enjoy your garden, be sure to keep on top of all the little jobs like weeding and watering. Below are my Top July Garden Jobs: 1) Conservatory Plants – Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to get those plants that have been hiding away in the shelter of your conservatory, outside to enjoy the fresh air. Most houseplants, that don’t mind water on their leaves, will also benefit from a week or so in the garden. 2) Water – Give your plants (especially new ones) plenty of water to prevent them from drying out. Make sure that garden Containers, planters & baskets never dry out fully. Keep them watered, sometimes twice a day, to stop any stress to the plants. Once to twice a month make sure you feed hungry summer bedding plants, my top tip is to feed them Tomato food, it’s ideal to encourage more flowers. 3) Treat Woodwork – Whilst the weather is dry, give your woodwork a lick of paint or preserver to keep it treated and looking smart. The ideal job to top up your tan and perhaps enjoy a beer whilst you paint the shed. 4) Ponds – Keep your ponds topped up and cleared of algae, blanket weeds and any other debris. On very hot days and providing you don’t have a ban, spray the surface of ponds with fish in with the hose. This will help to add oxygen to the water and keep your fish healthy. 5) Lawn Care – As long as there is no drought, it’s worth feeding the lawn regularly. Leaving the grass a little longer will help the lawn to hold onto more moisture and stay greener. July is the perfect month to sit on the grass and enjoy the hard work you have put in to the green area of your garden. 6) Next Spring – Begin to think about which seeds you would like for next spring. Order now to ensure you’re ready for autumn planting, plus now is the ideal time to start to think about growing biannuals such as Foxgloves as they need to establish in the first year and flower the next, the work never ends! 7) Greenhouse – Damp down your greenhouse to increase humidity on warmer days and deter the likes of red spider mites. July is also a good month to move any greenhouse...

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Monty’s Top 10 June Gardening Jobs

The beautiful month of June brings the glorious British summer and loads of exciting growth and colour to all our gardens. The mad rush to get all things planted has passed and it’s time to titivate and enjoy all your garden has to offer. Keeping on top of your garden is the order for June and with regular pruning, trimming, weeding and cutting you’ll be sure to have a garden worth enjoying all summer long. Below are my Top June Garden Jobs: 1) Water – Keep your containers and baskets well watered, especially in hot weather. Make sure you’re wise with your water however, especially in drought affected areas. My top tip with watering containers is to not let them dry out completely, this will take more and waste more water in trying to rehydrate them. 2) Bird Care – Keep your bird baths filled up with fresh water to give your birds somewhere to drink and cool off. If you have been feeding wild birds in your garden, you need to continue this every month. You may think there is plenty for them to eat, but these birds will become reliant on your food so you need to continue this, you will also encourage them in to the garden even more and help you rid your outdoor space of pesky pests such as slugs and snails. 3) Lawn Care –  Mow your lawn at least once a week so as not to let it grow too long. Trimming regularly is better than big cuts less often. With the weather hopefully getting hotter try not to cut the lawn in the middle of the day when the sun can easily scorch the freshly cut grass. My top tip is to cut  the lawn in the early part of the evening giving it time to recover before the next day. 4) Roses – June is typically the month in which Roses are at their peak, so ensure you stay on top of deadheading to keep your displays looking as stunning as possible. Watch out for black spot on leaves, simply remove these when you see them. Aphids will also attack fresh flower buds and growth on Roses, if you brave and green then rub these off with your fingers. Keeping Roses well feed in June will keep them plants strong & healthy and able to resist these attacks. 5) Greenhouses – Shade your greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent overheating which can lead to scorching. Keep windows and doors open during the day and if it’s really hot, that would be nice, then splash some water on the floor to help keep it cool. 6) Weeding – Hoe your...

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Monty’s Top Ten May Gardening Jobs

With the herbaceous borders growing, the Chelsea Flower Show and the warmer weather; May is most certainly the month in which we can all start feeling a lot more summery again. It’s time to get back into your fair weather habits, whilst also ensuring your summer preparations have started and in some cases finished. Gardening at this time of year is an absolute pleasure, providing we aren’t hit with a cruel late cold snap. So get out there and enjoy this beautiful late spring month. Below are my Top May Garden Jobs: 1) Prepare for summer bedding – Spring flowers will begin to die down and need clearing in preparation for summer bedding plants. Also, consider buying your summer plants ready for planting at the end of the month, but keep an eye out for frosty weather. 2) Earth up potatoes – If you’ve grown potatoes this is an important step. It simply involves drawing up mounds of soil around the potato plants to avoid new tubers turning green and poisonous. Check these weekly as when the weather starts to warm up these will grow rapidly. 3) Tie up climbers – With growth well under way, climbers need to be kept under control and given as much support as possible. Use ties, trellis or backing fence to help them flourish. 4) Tomatoes – If you are growing these in the greenhouse, this month is ideal to pot them on, either in larger pots or grow bags. Make sure you keep them well watered and start to tie them up against canes to keep them straight. My top tip is to keep pinching out side shots to keep the plant focused on growing one main stem. If you want to grow them outside start to harden them off towards the end of the month. 5) Watering – Time to get back out there on a regular basis and give the plants the water they need. The trick with watering is to water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often (containers etc do need watering every day). 6) Mowing – Lawn mowing is high on the agenda – leave it too long between cuts and the job becomes much harder, so try to mow weekly. Feed established lawns if you haven’t already done so. 7) Weeding – The warm weather will make this painful job a little easier. Make sure you don’t forget about any ponds you might have. The weeds there are just as damaging. Try and remove weeds before they flower and seed further pesky weeds around your garden, get hoeing. 8) Roses – Keep an eye on roses and treat them as...

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Monty’s Top 10 September Gardening Jobs

The bad weather is coming and the days are notably shorter, so it’s time to start planning ahead for next year and harvest all your crops. You also want to keep all that colour in your garden going as long as possible with late summer flowering perennials; my top tip this month is to keep dead heading to prolong these flowers. I have comprised a list of top 10 jobs to do this month to keep you busy so scroll down and take a look and as ever make sure you make time to enjoy your garden, there are still warm days in September to sit with a glass of wine. 1. Plant your spring flowering bulbs now –  You want to prepare your garden for spring so plant bulbs such as Daffodils, Hyacinths, Alliums and Crocus ready for lots of colour next year. I would always recommend waiting until the end of October to plant bulbs such as Tulips as they don’t like to sit in wet ground for too long. Also if you are thinking of planting up autumn / winter pots or baskets then don’t forget to add some spring flowering bulbs to them to add an extra splash of colour. 2. Plant new shrubs, tree’s and perennials – September is a great month to plant new plants in the garden, often people think the spring is the best month but actual now is the perfect time. The soil is still warm, which is perfect to encourage the roots of new plants to establish ready for the next year. It’s also a great month to add new plants as often Garden Centre’s are reducing their plants to clear before winter, so you can pick up a bargain and plant it ready for an extra big plant next year. It’s win win. 3. Tidy your vegetable garden – This area of the garden has been working hard for you over the past few months and is probably looking a little tired right now. Remove any weeds, cut back some over growing crops such as Beans and Tomatoes so they put all their growing effort in to ripening. Dig over any spare ground to help turn the soil ready for next year and if you want to you can add a layer of manure to the top to feed the soil ready for next years new crops. 4. Harvest your fruit trees and bushes – It’s time for your hard work to pay off so pick all your Blackberries, Pears, Plums and Apples, but don’t let them go to waste; make crumbles and pies, homemade jams and chutneys and don’t...

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Top Gardening Tips For April

As British summertime remains reliably unpredictable (!?), April however never seems to disappoint in regards to frequent rainfall. April showers coupled with  (potentially) glorious sunny spells are what make for perfect conditions for new growth, so now is the time to really gear up your garden and plan for a beautiful year. Take a look and get stuck in:   We’re not out of the water yet; frozen water that is! Yes, beware of those sneaky late frosts this month as that could spell disaster for your garden. Just keep an eye out and make sure to protect vulnerable plants if we do indeed get another visit from Jack Frost. Why not plant some gorgeous little wildflowers around your borders or outside the front of your house? They really are like a collection of little gems that will look truly beautiful. Now is a great time to check your lawn over and repair any bare patches. Dead head your Daffodils, but let the leaves remain as they are vital for replenishing the bulb for next year. As the soil starts to warm up you can begin adding fertilizer, and don’t forget a good layer of mulch. If you haven’t already done so, begin pulling up weeds before they start to flourish; that’s definitely the last thing you want before you start your garden this year. Lastly, bored little sprogs (otherwise known as goblins, demons, children etc) can be put to work, making your life easier.   Thanks for reading. The team at Gardens2you...

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