Gardening Tips for July

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I just received my monthly newsletter from the GardenShop, and in it they had a section called “July Gardening Guide”.

I thought I’d post those tips here, and encourage you to go pay their site a visit.

Of course, these tips relate to South Africa, so they may not be relevant to everybody.

July Gardening Guide courtesy of GardenShop

  • Plant Lilium bulbs
  • Feed your winter-flowering annuals with Multifeed Flowergro or Margaret Roberts Supercharger
  • Water and fertilise plants, herbs and annuals in outdoor containers regularly
  • Continue watering spring flowering shrubs regularly, at least once a week as they are starting to form buds for flowering in early spring
  • In the Highveld continue to water Kikuyu lawn at least twice a month
  • Water Citrus trees
  • Prune roses from mid to end July, this will exclude Rambling and Old English roses that are forming buds now to flower in early spring
  • Prune Hydrangeas from mid to end July
  • Prune deciduous fruit trees
  • July is the perfect time to carry out any maintenance work on your trees
  • Protect your frost sensitive plants
  • Repot indoor and outdoor container plants
  • Improve soil structure by digging in generous amounts of compost and well rotted manure
  • Continue mulching soil with compost, sawdust, bark chips and fallen leaves – this will prevent solid moisture loss and keep the roots warm through the winter
  • Continue spreading insecticide granules around the base of your conifers
  • Plant vegetable seedlings like cabbage, leeks, onions, moss-curled parsley, Swiss chard and spinach
  • Plant flower seedlings like alyssum, cineraria, chrysanthemum, delphinium, primulas, primula obconica, phlox, petunia and viola

I hope you found these gardening tips useful and go subscribe to the GardenShop newsletter.

4 Replies to “Gardening Tips for July”

  1. Please can you help me, I live in a small town house in Kempton Park, South Africa an there are some old English roses like The Prince for instance, that I would give anything to have in my little gaden. Is it at all available in South Africa? And will it grow here? Thanks, Reba.

  2. I’m afraid I don’t personally know, but I would get in contact with Ludwig from “Ludwig’s Roses” as he’s REALLY knowledgeable and could probably tell you where/whether you can get it.

    And, whether it could actually grow and survive here in SA…

    Please let us know what you find out…

  3. My chilli tree has been growing like wild fire since I started looking after it, when I found it, it was a whithered stump with just a slight of green stalk. Now tall, with an abundance of fruit but none with the expected burn, rather sweetness. What am I needing to do to correct this? They are green and quite large, the one i picked was longer than 5 cm but ony had some heat nearer the stalk. HELP!

  4. There’s a good chance you don’t have a hot chili 😀

    There are so many types of chili, and not all of them have the same burn. It actually sounds like you might have a Jalapeño chili, which isn’t always very hot and the reason I like them is they do have a sweetness to them.

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