With warmer weather, the Garden is positively groaning with growth. And to be honest it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the number of tasks that need doing in the garden for Mid-Summer. However, with the change of season comes the advantage of increased daylight and longer evenings for making the most of your garden.
What you need is a guide to the jobs for this time of year, so here’s a quick rundown of the most important tasks AND you can grab the full printable Checklist at the foot of this post.
TASKS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
IN THE KITCHEN GARDEN
- Time to sow Cabbages – Chinese, Red and Spring Cabbage
- Sow Beetroot, Lettuce, Kale, Turnips and Winter Radishes
- Earth up Brussell Sprouts
- Bend Cauliflower leaves over the Curds (heads) to keep them clean and ‘white’
IN THE FRUIT GARDEN
- Tidy up the Strawberry plants that have finished cropping, remove dead and decaying leaves plus any unwanted ‘runners’
- Summer prune all cordon, espalier and dwarf pyramid Apple and Pear trees
- Protect Cherry and Peach trees from insect and bird attack by using protective netting
- Spike lawns with a garden fork to help irrigation
- If you need to water the lawn give it a good soak rather than a light sprinkling
- Mow the grass regularly but raise the blades in hot dry weather
THE FLOWER GARDEN
- Keep deadheading plants to prolong the flowering season
- Cut down early flowering perennials so that they produce new shoots
- Re-pot Spring Bulbs
- Check ties and stakes where trees and plants need support
- Feed plants to continue/extend the growing season.
- Water the garden in dry weather, especially young and vulnerable plants
- Mulch the garden when the soil is moist
- Keep weeding, and generally looking out for any pests and diseases.
Mid-Summer Garden Tasks
With extended daylight comes more time to garden in the evenings. But if time is short, prioritize your Mid-Summer garden tasks such as watering, and pest control. Make a list for when you have more time in your garden to ensure you don’t miss out on any jobs such as the Summer pruning of Fruit trees or tying in new shoots.
QUICK TIP: Keep a spare pair of secateurs and a ball of string handy by the back door to do quick jobs when you don’t have time to do your gardening ‘properly’!
Take time to smell the roses, or whatever else brings scent to your garden.
We can get so caught up in the ‘doing’ we forget to just ‘be’ in the garden, relaxing, and enjoying the space. Make time to really enjoy your garden this month.