July: Summer fun in the sun

Hi,

Somehow it’s July, and what a couple of weeks we’ve had with the weather! This is always an exciting time of the year when the kids are off school for summer and you’re able to enjoy the sunshine in the garden.

There’s plenty to do with the kids to get them involved and engaged with nature during summer. From planting up containers to making a mini garden sports day or having a picnic in the park, keep their imaginations running wild.

Thanks to everyone who tuned into my most recent Facebook Live Show, supported by Miracle-Gro®, where I showed my grow-your-own area and shared some tips on how to water and feed your garden.

This month there are plenty of events to look forward to. I’ll be appearing at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival on 8th July, Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show on 16th & 17th July, as well as RHS Tatton Park Flower Show on 24th July.

Until then, keep an eye on my Instagram and YouTube to keep updated with how my grow-your-own area is getting on.

Happy gardening!

David

Gardening tip of the month

Ensure your plants are getting the moisture they need through the sunnier months when containers are more prone to drying out.

Get hold of any sealed container with a couple of inches of water in the bottom to allow the plants to soak up the moisture they need to thrive. Spike some holes in the bottom of the bag to allow moisture in.

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Take care of your body when watering hanging baskets by not filling up the watering can to the brim to make it easier to lift and pour when watering at a height. Instead fill it to a manageable level.

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If you’re going on holiday, keep your houseplants happy by placing them in the bath and letting them soak up moisture for 10 minutes before you leave. Then position them out of direct sunlight.

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For plants in containers, cut the bottom off a plastic bottle and spike some holes into the side. Remove the lid and plant the bottle upside down and fill the reservoir with water so it seeps into the soil.

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Wildlife pond

There’s so much to gain from having water in the garden, which is why my wildlife pond brings me such joy. Find out how you can create your own in this video.

Wildlife pond

Top plants

Step further into summer with this selection of stunning plants that will put on a show with their foliage and flowers for you to sit and enjoy on a warm evening in the garden.

Top Plants

Giveaways galore

Be in with a chance to win a Harkness ‘Perfect Match’ rose, that is a compact floribuna with dazzling flowers.

Enter here

Top job

Use nature’s resources to create an organic, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus rich plant fertiliser to give your garden a nutrient boost. This guide will tell you exactly how to do it.

Top job

In it to win it

There’s an Oase LunAqua Classic LED up for grabs which can illuminate your garden to create a little bit of drama in the evening.

Enter here

Plants for purpose

Combine edible ornamentals and good looking fruit and veg in your planting schemes so you’ve got delightful displays in the garden that can also make their way into your dishes.

Plants for purpose

Up for grabs

Be in with a chance of winning 1 of 10 bottles of Miracle-Gro® 2in1 Nourish & Protect Liquid Plant Food to grow healthier plants.

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Coastal gardens

Bring the holidays home with these tips on creating a coastal, seaside inspired garden right on your doorstep. Choose the right plants and embellishments for that beachy feeling.

Coastal gardens

In it to win it…

There’s a Yard Force VITA Garden Tool Kit up for grabs which contains 5 handy tools for trimming, shaping, pruning, weeding, and planting in the garden.

Enter here

Holidays in the garden

Keep the holiday spirit going by creating welcoming social spaces for loved ones to gather and make the most out of your lawn for sports days, activities, and picnics.

Holidays in the garden

Here are the winners from June:

Rose Awareness Week Prize Draw – Harkness Roses
Kerry Mackenzie
Chris M Williams
Jenny Moreton
Anthony Harmison
Lynda Hill
Harkness Roses ‘Sweet Syrie’
Dave Wilson-Smith
Michelle Poppy Clarke
Jane Orford
Stewart Kirk
Nial O’Grady
Stephen I Carpenter
Stewart Broome
Aubrey Kirkham
Miracle-Gro Pour & Feed Liquid Plant Food
Elaine Russinger
Valerie Frame
Jacqui Duke
Sajad Farid
James Travis
Debbie Davies
Natalie Parker
Jane Morgan
Bronwen Earls
Anne Bostwick
Urban Balcony Raised Beds
Lynne Short
Keith Latham
Dawn Hambly
Linda Atkinson
Debra Applegate
Oase AquaOxy 500
 Terry Butler
Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout July…