2. Don't neglect your herb plants during the Summer. Herbs will go to seed the same as other types of plants so pinch out the heads as soon as they appear, should stop the bitter taste of the herb as well.
3. The past couple of weeks have been generally hot and dry here in Somerset, causing extra watering of many plants. To conserve water, do your watering either early mornings or late evening to alleviate evaporation from the soils surface.
4. Plenty of weeds in your garden or plot?? Try spraying them with vinegar and save on expensive weed killers. Using vinegar as a weed killer may lower the pH of the soil slightly but this should only be temporary.
5. Many gardeners grow lots of flowers in small pots, perhaps arranged around the garden, patio or other spaces. Small pots tend to dry out more quickly than larger ones during hot weather. Why not consolidate the plants from the smaller pots into larger pots, creating new displays and cutting down on the extra time and effort of watering and feeding.
6. When budding gardeners take over a new allotment or garden one important factor that is forgotten is the required depth of top soil. Before reaching the, usually, compacted level of the sub-soil a depth of 1 foot (35cm) of top soil is a good starting point.
7. If you are lucky enough to be lifting Carrots this month, do this on dry wind free evenings, to cut down on any "Carrot Smells" attracting the dreaded Carrot flies.
8. Add chicken manure tea to your garden or plot. 1 part manure to 4 parts water. It is high in Nitrogen so take care not to burn any plants when watering with it.
9. Potatoes are heavy feeders requiring, Potassium and Phosphorus. Add fertilizer after planting and a couple of times during the growing period.
10. A few more reminders for July:
2. Mulching may help to retain water in the soil but be on the lookout for slugs and other pests.
3. Keep weeds at bay with more hoeing.
4. Feed tomatoes and Onions.
5. Check Brassicas for caterpillars/eggs.
6. Water brassicas with a salt & water mix to keep caterpillars off them.