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Tasks for this month: JULY
Time to start preparing the
soil for spring vegetable planting. Cultivate empty spaces, digging in autumn
sown green crops. Add compost and lime if necessary. Do not cultivate wet, boggy
Sow seeds of broccoli, cabbage, broad beans, cauliflower, peas, lettuce,
onions, radish, spinach, silverbeet, swede and turnips. In warmer districts sow
carrots, parsnips and beetroot.
Plant seedlings of artichoke, cauliflower,
lettuce, onions, potatoes, rhubarb, silverbeet and cabbage. Use of a cloche in
cooler districts will allow earlier plantings.
Protect seedlings from slugs
and snails with Slug & Snail Pellets.
Spray winter vegetables with Copper
to prevent fungus diseases.
Plant early potatoes in warm climates. Sprout
in a sunny location prior to planting.
Plant garlic and shallots, asparagus
crowns and strawberry plants.
Plant new fruit trees; citrus, apples, pears, plums, peaches
Prune deciduous fruit trees. Spray them with Copper and Protector
Oil to protect from over wintering pests and diseases.
Sow seeds of aquilegia, delphinium, dianthus, forget-me-not,
larkspur, nemesia, pansy, primula, salvia, snapdragon, stock, sweetpea and wallflower.
Plant seedlings of pansies, primula, sweet pea, lupin, stock, lobelia, larkspur
Protect young seedlings from slug and snails with Slug &
Feed seedlings with liquid fertiliser.
Cut back untidy
growth of perennials, divide and then replant.
Prune existing roses and plant
new seasons ones.
Spray roses with Copper and Oil to guard against scale,
mites, aphids, and fungus diseases.
Prune hydrangeas and fuchsias.
trees and shrubs adding Magamp and generous quantities of compost to the planting
Feed spring bulbs with a side dressing of Bulb Food and feed with Phostrogen
as flower heads appear.
Prepare the ground prior to planting summer flowering
bulbs and tubers by adding General Garden Fertiliser.Towards the end of the month
plant gladioli, tuberous begonias, dahlias and calla lilies for summer flowering.
Gladioli with flower approximately 100 days after planting. Plant at intervals
to extend the summer flowering season.
Apply a mulch around trees and shrubs
to retain moisture for the spring and summer.
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Sow seeds of spinach, silverbeet, peas, onions, lettuce,
and in warmer climates, broad beans.
Plant seedlings of cabbage, cauliflower,
broccoli, winter lettuce, spinach and silverbeet.
Feed cauliflower, cabbage
and broccoli nearing maturity with a liquid fertiliser.
Spray winter vegetables
with Copper to prevent fungal disease.
Protect seedlings from Slug and Snails
Plant asparagus crowns into well-drained soil.
potatoes in warmer areas.
Plant garlic and shallots.
planting deciduous fruit and citrus trees.
Mulch vegetables and fruit trees
Feed citrus with Citrus Fertiliser.
Fruit tree pruning
should start as soon as leaves have dropped.
Sow seeds of alyssum, calendula, cineraria, cornflower,
forget me not, lobelia, lupin, nemesia, statice, stock, sweetpea and virginian
Plant seedlings of calendula, cineraria, nemesia, pansies, polyanthus,
poppies, primula, scabiosa, snapdragon, stock, viola and wallflower.
chance to plant spring bulbs. Plant lily bulbs.
Protect seedlings from slugs
and snails with Slug and Snail Pellets.
Trim back autumn flowering perennials.
Spray trees and shrubs with Oil to control scale, aphids and mites which
are on the plant over winter.
Collect autumn leaves for composting.
Mulch trees, shrubs and perennials with compost.
Plant pots with pansies,
polyanthus and primula for winter colour - and bulbs for spring.
tubers and gladioli corms and store in a dry place.
Plan new roses to plant
this winter and prepare the soil adding plenty of compost.
Bring frost tender
patio plants into a sheltered position.
Slow down watering of houseplants
and move them away from cold draft positions.
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