Summer is here and well established! The month of July offers a multitude of colors, flavors and smells.
The long hours that we love to spend in the garden should not make us forget that a certain amount of gardening work is essential in order to continue to fully enjoy these little pleasures.
Watering, hoeing, pruning, harvesting, cleaning or even weeding are all small regular tasks that will make your garden the most beautiful place in your home during the summer.
- To consult: July lunar calendar for gardening with the moon
Flowers during summer
These are undoubtedly the flowers that suffer most from the often sweltering, sometimes stormy and rarely rainy summer heat.
The flowers need water and it is important to provide them with the minimum vitality at the risk of seeing them disappear from your beds.
But before that, clean your beds, hoe or weed the ground to allow water to penetrate from the first drops of rain or watering.
- Prefer watering in the evening to avoid evaporation.
- Check the weather to be sure it is not going to rain
- There is no point in watering excessively and too regularly because the flowers still resist a few days without water ...
Divide the tufts of your perennials that flowered in spring in order to multiply them.
This is the best way to have new flowers while giving new life to the plants you are going to divide.
We generally recommend a division every 2 to 3 years which means it is better not to divide the plants you have planted this year.
Trees and shrubs
Concerning the shrubs planted this year, especially those planted in the spring, water them regularly as this is the first year that they need it most.
As with flowers, clean the floor and scrape the surface in order to allow rainwater to penetrate as soon as there is any.
Roses in summer
Now is a good time to prune your non-rose bushes, that is, those that only flower once a year.
Also remove the young shoots that appear on the ground or at the foot of the rose bush and which are called gourmands because they draw on the reserves of the shrub.
Continue to water your roses regularly without wetting the foliage as this is the best way to prevent the appearance of diseases such as powdery mildew.
- Fight against aphids effectively and organically.
Fruit trees in summer
Cherry: It’s harvest time for a good majority of varieties.
- When picking, avoid breaking the branches because the cherry tree is very sensitive and fragile to this type of injury.
Pear, apple, peach: Carry out chiseling to improve fruiting.
- For this, reduce the number of fruit per branch.
- If you have 4 fruits on the same end, remove 1.
- This will give you bigger and tastier fruit.
You can also perform a stripping by removing the leaves which cast too much shadow on the fruit because they need sunlight to develop well.
Finally treat against fruit worm in order to prevent your pears and apples from being invaded by this malicious codling moth ...
- Continue the Bordeaux mixture treatment until the end of the month to prevent mildew.
- You can remove the smallest grains present on the bunch to promote the growth of the finest grains.
Wait until the beans are the size of a pea.
Vegetable garden in summer
There is still time to sow some vegetables in in the ground as:
- leeks, lettuce, beans, chicory, sorrel, parsley or even radishes.
You can also sow zucchini seeds in a bucket that you will plant in the ground at the end of the month or at the beginning of August.
For the rest continue to weed regularly and to water the crops that need it, taking care to water in the evening and avoiding watering the foliage because it promotes disease.
Side treatment, it is important to treat turnip and cabbage against flea beetles. Also note that these beetles proliferate particularly in times of drought.
- So water the soil of these crops regularly.
- To discover: July lunar calendar to garden with the moon
Lawn and grass in summer
If your lawn starts to turn yellow, it is unnecessary to water as it weighs heavily on water consumption and contributes a lot to the water scarcity that our planet is experiencing.
- From the first rains, it will turn green again with even more vigor!
- If you think it deserves a facelift, consider renovating your lawn