Pots, containers and vegetables all still need watering and harvest crops as soon as they are ready.
- Water wisely – consider using a water butt to collect rainwater.
- All new plants need to be monitored and ensure they are watered regularly especially if the weather is dry.
- Take cuttings now from shrubs & roses.
- Cut back flowers on faded ladies mantle.
- Sow hardy annuals for early flowers next year.
- Ensure herbaceous plants such as dahlias are well supported.
- Deadhead buddleia, grow coleus and enjoy allium seedheads.
- Save seeds from your favourite flowers, such as aquilegias and foxgloves.
- Late summer flowering shrubs can be pruned once they have finished flowering.
- Onions can now be lifted and put to dry on rack.
- New strawberry plants can be propagated now by selecting runners.
- Continue spraying potatoes and tomatoes with fungicide to protect from blight.
- Salad plants need to be protected from snails and slugs.
Barbeque, sunbathe, read the paper or a good novel, invite friends, and enjoy a glass of pimms. Summer gardening at its best!