It is essential to keep on top of watering, use ‘grey’ water or rainwater whenever possible and if you are going on holiday, enlist the help of friends, family or neighbours to keep your garden watered whilst you are away. Containers are particularly vulnerable to drying out so pay extra attention to these.
Harvest fruits and vegetables as they become ready. Onions, garlic and shallots can be lifted when their necks start to turn papery and brown. Continue to sow any spring cabbages, turnips, beetroot, oriental vegetables and over wintering onions. Prune peaches, nectarines, plum and damson trees after fruiting.
Deadhead flowers on a regular basis, not only does this keep your garden looking smart, it also encourages a second flush of flowers. Leave the flower heads of ornamental grasses to provide winter interest. Collect the seeds from any of your favourite plants, ready to be sown next year. Cuttings can be taken from any tender perennials, such as fuchsias and verbenas
If your roses have blackspot, remove any infected leaves and burn them along with any fallen leaf litter
Hanging baskets and wall troughs need to be kept well watered. Even if we have heavy rain, they still need extra water. Rambling Roses and Wisteria can be pruned after they have flowered. Tie in new growth on climbers such as honeysuckle and jasmine. Borders and baskets will benefit from a feed with liquid fertiliser once every 1-2 weeks.
Ponds should be topped up during dry spells. Scoop out any pondweed and leave it by the side for 24 hours to allow pond life to crawl back into the water. Bird Baths need regularly topping up with water and encourage other wildlife into your garden by providing small dishes of water and cool, dark hidey-holes.
Greenhouses may need damping down on hot days to maintain humidity levels. This can be done by pouring water onto the greenhouse floor early in the morning. It will then slowly evaporate during the day, adding moisture to the air. Keep on top of the weeds by hoeing regularly, mulch plants to maintain their growth through autumn.