Task of the Month

Our horticultural experts are on hand to give you monthly advice on what to do now! We'll help you tackle tasks one month at a time to get your garden in tip top shape all year round.

July

Top Tip

July is a brilliant month for taking cuttings. Get a sharp knife or secateurs, some Bord na Móna Growise Seed & Cutting Compost, pots, and some clear plastic bags. Most shrubs will grow from cuttings at this time of the year.

Take tip cuttings of fresh growth (about 3 inches long), cut below a leaf node, strip off the bottom leaves and cut the top off. If you cut at an angle below the leaf this will expose the cambium layer which is where the new roots come from.

Insert several cuttings in a small pot and water in. Finish off by sealing the pot in the clear bag and leave them to root in a shady spot.

Enjoy July in your garden.

July is the month when your garden will reach its peak. All your sowing and planting since early spring with flowers and vegetables will be paying huge dividends. There is still a lot of work to do but early morning, the evenings after work and the weekends are a joy to be in the garden.

Outdoors

I am now picking fresh each morning raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and a lovely miniature mountain alpine strawberry which all go into a mix with natural yoghurt for breakfast. Always pick the darkest colour and plumpest berries and at this time of the year they can ripen over a day. If you have too much berries why not freeze them for later in the year. Most evenings I have a choice of courgettes, tomatoes, broad beans, lettuce, scallions, new potatoes, and no end of a choice of herbs to add to an evening meal. If you are lucky you will have everything you need to prepare a meal otherwise prepare a meal around what you have and see what your friends and family have to share around.

There is still time to sow late crops. Use Bord na Móna Growise Seed & Cutting Compost. Sow radishes, late beetroot, late season peas, spring cabbages and lettuce. Plant out leeks, summer strawberries and winter cabbages. Be sure to top dress all new plantings with Bord na Móna Growise Chicken Manure and incorporate plenty of Bord na Móna Growise Enriched Top Soil or Bord na Móna Growise Farmyard Manure.

Watch out for pests like aphids and caterpillars they can destroy a crop overnight. Pick off the caterpillars as you see them and wash off the aphids quickly and regularly.

In The Greenhouse

You can almost leave the vents open and doors all the time now to avoid temperature fluctuations. Only water in the mornings if at all possible but damping down pathways during hot days will help to reduce the temperature.

Side shoot your tomatoes regularly and feed weekly with a high potash liquid food. As the first truss begins to ripen start to remove the lower branches to leave extra light in.

Move out any plants that are in containers for July and August if you get good warm weather.

Brendan Howell

Bord na Móna Horticulturist

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gardening should be fun, but often people are afraid of getting things wrong, and too worried to give it a go.

That’s where we come in – we’ve got simple tasks for improving your garden, laid out month by month. Just follow along and soon you’ll have a beautiful garden, and the satisfaction of knowing you did it all yourself. If you’d like a more practical garden, why not use your outdoor space to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

Our growbags and simple instructions take all the guesswork out of it, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time!