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Tips for your July Garden

Tips for your July Garden from Singletons Nurseries, Bromsgrove

Wow, what a summer we’re having so far! We hope you’re enjoying this beautiful sunshine as much as we are here at the nursery.

Just in time for the lovely weather, here are our top tips to keep your pots and baskets looking lovely over the next month. Happy gardening! 🌺

Be water-wise

Growing plants in containers is a great way to add colour and interest to a difficult space or part of a garden. Balconies, dull corners and patios can easily be enhanced by adding a container however, pots and baskets need more care and attention than plants in the ground.

Watering is one of the most important jobs when it comes to maintaining containers. Whatever is planted in the containers is relying on you to give it the sufficient amount of water and nutrients in order for it to thrive and survive. During the summer months, the amount of water and feed applied to the containers will need to increase, however be wary of waterlogging your pots.

Often people think that too much water isn’t a bad thing, but it is! Ensure that all pots have sufficient drainage to prevent this from happening; this can be achieved by broken crockery, pebbles or gravel, increasing the sand content for some specific plants or pieces of polystyrene. Seasonal bedding plants often need watering at least once a day through the summer months, applying a feed such as Tomato food or Miracle Grow at least once a week.

Wind also dries out plants very fast. Even if it is not hot, hanging baskets and window boxes can dry out extremely fast so pay extra caution to this when watering and if it is both hot and windy, more water is needed.

You can check the moisture of the pot by putting your finger into to the soil at the top of the pot.

Ways of reducing the risk of containers drying out include:

  • Irrigation System
  • Moisture retaining compost
  • Swell gel
  • Saucers

Deadheading

Summer is now in full swing and your bedding plants and borders are in full bloom so deadheading has never been more important. Deadheading is a term used for removing any dead or damaged flowers and growth to encourage new shoots and blooms. Removing dead flowers from your bedding plants or perennials encourages new ones to grow as opposed to putting all of the plants energy into producing seed.

Hanging baskets, pots and any other summer bedding should be deadheaded at least once a week, if not, as often as possible. This will ensure you get the very best display out of your annuals. Perennials often do not flower for such long periods of time as annuals but deadheading these can often encourage a second or extended flowering period.

The simple method for deadheading is with finger and thumb. Never just take the petals off or pull the flower off. You need to ensure that you deadhead the flower stem also. If this is not taken off, the plant will still produce a seed putting energy into that rather than producing more flowers.

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Easy to order, telephone to check and confirm – nicely reassuring. Delivery was brilliant, great notification, no hassle and overall great service – would highly recommend!
Ellen Woodley27th February 2021
Good quality soil as expected, delivered on time.
Peter Hurford23rd February 2021
Very good quality and service. Shall be visiting you very soon for my hanging baskets.
Michael Jones18th February 2021
Top soil excellent and the delivery driver could not do enough to help me, very polite and helpful. So pleased, I went back to the nursery and passed my comments on and also asked them to thank the driver.
Walter Coggan13th February 2021
Compost was delivered on the correct day and time and the driver put it all in the garage for us. Have purchased goods from Singletons for many years and have always had excellent service. Will be back later in the year for hanging baskets – had one for my birthday this year and it was lovely. Thank you.
Margaret Elliott11th February 2021
Excellent service both on line and delivery!
Edward Lewis8th February 2021
Fast turnaround and friendly staff, will definitely be using again!
Hayley Simpkin1st February 2021
Easy order. And lovely delivery guy.
Martin Bradley15th January 2021
Great quality product, cant wait to see the fruits or rather vegetables of our labor!
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Good product, delivered on time. Thank you.
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