Tips for July 2022

June 30, 2022 10:28 am Published by

Pinch out the growing points of runner beans when they reach the top of the support system.

Summer prune wisteria this month or next, cutting back long whippy shoots to five or six buds from a main stem.

Continue to harvest summer fruiting raspberries once fruiting is finished. Cut old fruited canes to ground level and tie in new, healthy canes to supports 4 in (10cm) apart.

Now is the time to sow spring cabbage, turnips, oriental vegetables, chicory fennel and salads for winter cropping.

Cut back the flowered growth on shrubs that bloom in early summer, such as Philadelphus and Weigla new growth lower down. Prune the oldest woody stems back to ground level.

Now is the time to plant autumn – flowering bulbs, such as Colchicum, Sternbergia and Nerines.

Harvest garlic, shallots and onions when the foliage has turned yellow. Place them in a dry, sunny spot to allow them to ripen.

Prune stone fruit trees such as plum, cherry,  and damson as soon as you can after harvesting. The cuts heal rapidly in warm weather, reducing the the risk of silver leaf infection.

To encourage more blooms on repeat flowering roses prune off faded heads regularly. With roses that flower only once, leave them unpruned if you want colourful rosehips later.