Gardening in July

Taking Care of Your Garden

by Shannon Harto Tuesday 25 June 2013

Taking Care of Your Garden
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Staying on top of weeding is a necessity. Whether the weather is damp or dry, pesky weeds always seem to thrive. If you take care of them early, they are much easier to kill as seedlings than as plants. Hoeing the ground will also help to kill small seedlings you may have missed. If you have particularly hardy weeds, you may want to use a weed killer though if not used carefully, they will harm your plants and flowers.

Be sure to deadhead flowers that have long display periods. This will ensure that new flowers continue to blossom, giving you a long-lasting colourful garden.

Water your plants as necessary especially during dry spells. Seedlings will need more water than plants that are already growing strongly. It’s best to water early in the morning on hot days so that the water is absorbed before it can evaporate.

Be on the lookout for pests. Slugs and snails love damp weather. Caterpillar and aphid infestations are also quite common. They can be dealt with by hand if caught early enough or else you might have to use insecticides.

Now is also the time to start collecting seeds to plant next season. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to plant them.

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