Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Ornamental pepper

Outside

Alpine wallflower

Alyssum

Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil

Beet, Beetroot, Chard

Beetroot, Garden beet

Cabbage

Canterbury Bell, Cup and Saucer

Carrot

Cress

Dianthus / Carnation / Pinks / Sweet William

Double daisy

Foxglove

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Onion

Pansy

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Turnip

Wallflower

Outside under cover


Shows and events:

18/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

20/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

Big Butterfly Count

21/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

Wem Annual Sweet Pea Show and Festival

21/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

RHS on Tour - Lambeth Country Show

23/07/2018 - 26/07/2018

Royal Welsh Show

24/07/2018 - 26/07/2018

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

CLA Game Fair

27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

The Garden Show at Loseley

27/07/2018 - 27/07/2018

The Big Cheese Festival

27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

The Garden Show at Loseley

28/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

28/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

Chorley Flower Show

31/07/2018 - 00/00/0000

The Ryedale Show

01/08/2018 - 05/08/2018

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

02/08/2018 - 05/08/2018

BBC Countryfile Live

03/08/2018 - 04/08/2018

Taunton Flower Show

10/08/2018 - 11/08/2018

Shrewsbury Flower Show

10/08/2018 - 12/08/2018

West Dean Chilli Fiesta

11/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

16/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

Southport Flower Show

17/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

18/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

19/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show

19/08/2018 - 19/08/2018

The Bishops Palace Rare Plant Fair

26/08/2018 - 27/08/2018

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Chatsworth Counrty Fair

31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

01/09/2018 - 01/09/2018

Moreton-in-March Show

01/09/2018 - 01/09/2018

Alresford Show

04/09/2018 - 09/09/2018

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

10/09/2018 - 12/09/2018

GLEE

15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Abergavenny Food Festival/Gwyl Fwyd Y Fenni

21/09/2018 - 23/09/2018

Abbfest Food, Beer and Music Festival

29/09/2018 - 30/09/2018

Malvern Autumn Show

27/10/2018 - 27/10/2018

Apple Days at Barrington Court

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Remove weak growth from autumn fruiting raspberries.
  • Grass will need less frequent mowing in prolonged dry weather. If very dry, remove the grass collecting box and let the cuttings stay on the ground to conserve soil moisture.
  • Continue to collect and store seeds from plants, for sowing next year. Store any collected seed in paper envelopes or bags, then put them in an air-tight container.
  • Prune summer flowering jasmine.
  • Propagate hibiscus, lavender and rhododendron plants by taking semi-ripe cuttings.
  • Propagate celamatis, honeysuckle and wisteria plants by layering.
  • Collect and dispose of wind-fall fruit. Leaving them on the ground encourages pests and can damage your lawn.
  • Take cuttings of shrubs: senecio, lavender, sage, rosemary, fuchsia, hebe, daphne, cistus, choisya and azalea.
  • Prune wisteria by shortening the whippy lateral shoots to about six buds from the main stems.
  • It’s time to lift and divide bearded irises. Replant rhizomes so they are sitting on the top of the soil surface.
  • Prepare the garden now if you are going on holiday. Water all shrubs well, including roses and climbers, then lay 2-3in thick mulch on top of the soil around their roots to keep the roots cool.
  • If the your grass has grown long while you have been on holiday, give it a cut with the blade set quite high and then lower a few days later, this reduces the chance of the grass going into shock and allowing weeds to get established
  • Hydrangea flowers will fade quickly in the sun, if you are growing them in pots move them to a shady area of the garden.
  • Sink pots of compost among strawberry plants and pin root runners into them.
  • Feed container grown fruit trees with a liquid potash fertiliser
  • Keep an eye out for clematis wilt, cut out any affected parts and burn or put the trimmings in the bin.
  • If you are going on holiday either get a neighbour to water your house plants, hanging baskets and patio planters, alternatively put all of your plants including house plants on the patio or lawn, put the lawn sprinkler between them and connect the hose to an outside tap using a water timer (set the timer to come on twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening - 10 minutes each time should be sufficient). Test the settings before you go away.
  • Check shrubs reguraly for aphids, treat with a soap or chemical spray.
  • Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
  • Tie tomato stems to canes or stakes to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the plant.
  • Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.
  • Ensure that soil in hanging baskets and patio planters is kept moist. Remove fading and dead flower heads from plants, this will encourage new flowers. Feed hanging baskets and planters weekly with liquid fertiliser if a slow release fertiliser was not added when planting the basket.
  • Apple and pear trees will shed some fruit, this is known as the 'June drop'. This is quite natural, it's the trees way of restricting the amount of fruit that develop.
  • Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
  • Continually nip out side shoots from upright (cordon) tomato plants. These reduce the amount of food available to fruit baring branches. If growing plants in the greenhouse, nip out the growing tip after the plant has produced 4-5 fruiting trusses, reduce this to 3-4 if growing tomatoes outside. See here, for more information: https://youtu.be/zFBgCBaFSnk
  • Cover strawberries and fruit bushes with netting to protect them from birds. Start to feed the plants weekly when the fruit starts to form.
  • Stake and tie perennials to prevent them being broken by wind and rain. Remove fading delphinium flowers to encourage a second flowering.
  • The adult vine weevil, the number one garden pest, will be emerging from the soil as the temperatures rise.
  • Protect plants from slugs and snails with slug pellets, course grit or traps. Alternatively try to encourage birds, hedgehogs and frogs to your garden - all prey on slugs and snails. More suggestions to reduce slug and snail damage.
  • Regularly water trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. Their roots won't have had a chance to fully develop yet.
  • Cut grass weekly, long grass takes more nutrients out of the soil. It is also harder to cut and may leave yellow patches in the lawn.
  • Apply a weed and feed to established lawns. Water in with a hose after a few days if it hasn't rained.
  • Feed established roses, fortnightly, with a rose fertilizer, dead-head regularly and check for aphids and black spot.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives.

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