July is often regarded as one of the coldest months of the winter with heavy frosts, southerly storms and possibly a snowstorm. Take the opportunity when it arises to work outdoors. It is a great month to clean up the garden shed, sharpen the tools and clean the tools up ready for spring work. Take the lawnmower in for its annual check; don’t wait until spring like everyone else.
- Plan crop rotation in the vegetable garden
- Plant shallots and garlic.
- In warmer climate areas plant early lettuces, cabbage, early potatoes, broad beans
- Mulch the ground with compost
- In sheltered spots plant seeds of radish.
- Prepare cloches and greenhouses for new crops.
- Plant new roses, trees, shrubs and trees.
- Prune back shrubs that flower on new seasons wood.
- Trim hedges.
- Aerate lawns using a fork to improve drainage and grass growth.
- Fill lawn hollows with sieved soil to level lawn
- Prune fruit trees and spray with all seasons spraying oil to kill pests and diseases.
- Pot plants near windows should be shifted to warmer parts of the room.