David Domoney Newsletter

Gardening in July

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We have finally welcomed July, and with it, is National Picnic Month. Consider growing some of your picnic favourite fruits like refreshing strawberries, which you can grow and propagate easily from runners. Find out more about how to do so in my blog.

In August, I will be at the Southport Flower Show to celebrate 100 years of their wonderful flower show. Make sure to come along to catch my talks, and to celebrate a century of this lovely event. At the end of August, I will be back at the Belvoir Castle Flower Show, giving more expert talks. Make sure to book your tickets now and come along.

If you missed any episodes of my new ITV show Alan Titchmarsh’s Gardening Club airing Monday daytime, don’t worry, as you can find all episodes now on ITVX to enjoy at your leisure (UK residents only).

Find out my seasonal gardening advice from my website and YouTube channel.

Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

Plants to sow this month

Make sure you sow these delicious vegetables now to enjoy them later in the year.

Carrots how to grow

Crunchy Carrots

Sow carrots outdoors as thinly as you can, in rows between 15-13cm apart, 1cm deep. If needed, later you can thin these seedlings out to 5-7.5cm apart. They are drought-resistant, so will cope well in short dry periods, but give them a decent soaking in particularly long dry periods. Cover your crop with fleece if carrot root flies threaten your carrots. These can be harvested between mid autumn and early winter for warm and hearty meals.

Chard how to grow

Colourful Chard

Sow the seeds directly outdoors in 2.5cm deep drills. Before sowing the seeds, water along the base of the drill. Once sown, recover the seeds with soil again, and water. Thin the seedlings out when big enough 30 cm apart. Water regularly until plants have established, particularly during dry periods, and mulch too. From October, it may be worth protecting with fleece or cloches. Chard can be continuously harvested as cut-and-come-again.

How to grow beans

Brilliant Beans

Before sowing, make sure you have supports like twine or bamboo cane wigwams prepared in your growing area. Then, sow seeds 5cm deep and 15cm apart, or a couple of seeds at the base of each bamboo support. Beans need a lot of water, so perhaps implement an automatic irrigation system to care for them. Mulch too to retain moisture. Use ties to support beans on their supports. Once the pods are 10cm long, they can be picked.

How to grow spring onion

Zesty Spring Onions

Easy to grow, and requiring little space, spring onions can be sown outdoors in shallow, watered drills. 1cm deep in rows 10cm apart. Thin out if needed, to be 2.5cm apart. Water in dry weather, or if the soil is dry to the touch. Mulching also helps retain moisture and deters weeds from growing.

After about 2 months, your salad onions should be ready to harvest. They are at their best when about 15cm tall.

New Video from David

In this latest video, find out all about maintaining your pond’s health, and how to control certain problems.

Win 1 of 10 AMES Tools Stainless Steel Hand Forks

Strong, and able to be used for many tasks in the gardens, AMES Tools’ Hand Forks are the perfect tool to use in your garden for summer planting jobs.

Top 10 Plants for July

Find out my top 10 July garden plant choices to consider for your garden, for wonderful colour and interest.

Win a Wonderwall Starter Kit

With these easy-to-use and install living wall kits, you can add invaluable pops of colour to previously untapped vertical space.

Top Job for July

Do you want to grow new plants from your existing shrubs? Find out how to take softwood shrub cuttings this month.

Win 1 of 2 Yard Force LT C25 20V Grass Trimmers

For effortlessly manicured lawn, plus the convenience of being cordless, this lightweight grass trimmer is perfect for lawn maintenance.

Watch this video

Pond care just got smarter! Find out how you can care for your pond from your mobile phone in my new video.

Plants for Purpose

Cottage gardens are classic, and a favoured style in the UK. Find out some of the best summer plants to include in your planting scheme.

Win 1 of 3 Irrigatia SOL-C12L Solar Watering Kits

Leave watering your garden in the sun’s hands, with Irrigatia’s solar-powered irrigation kits.

Top 12 Prehistoric Plants

These plants were around during the land that time forgot. Find out some of my favourite prehistoric plants you can grow at home.

Win an OASE Essential Pond Starter Kit

With a 6×5 metre liner and Filtoclear 19000 set, you have the perfect essentials to get started on your new garden pond.

Buy My Book

Buy a signed copy of my book, ‘My Houseplant Changed My Life’, to find out everything you need to know about houseplants and how to care for them.

Win 1 of 5 bottles of Hartman Universal Cleaner

Suitable for cleaning resin, weave, ceramic, HPL, and aluminium, Hartman’s Univeral Cleaner is a garden furniture must-have.

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Alliums

Find out the answers to the internet’s most asked questions about these pompom shaped blooms.

Here are the winners from June:

Yard Force Lawn Mower:

Glenn Hutton

Hartman – Scatter Cushions:

Margaret Bilson

Julie Searle

Christina Finlay

Irrigatia C12L Solar Watering System

John Walker

Elaine Simpson

Charmian Filewood

AMES Tools – Digging Spades

Ann Collerson

Bridget Anderson

Adam Shellard

Darren Humphreys

Charlotte Curtis

David Pithie

John Shakspeare

Jamie Piper

Lisa Parker

Jason Menzies

Yard Force – Grass & Hedge Shears

Lisa Mindy

Sheri Darby

Rachel Mccraith

Yard Force – Cordless Lawnmower

Dawn Gray


Ian Fox

Congratulations to the winners!

Keep your eyes peeled for more blogs, videos, competitions and winner announcements throughout July.