Urgent jobs in the garden for July

Jul 6, 2023 | Gardening tips, July, Monthly Guides, Monthly planting guides and jobs

  • Make compost.
  • Plant out second crop of autumn/winter vegetables.
  • Cut strawberry runners and pot up in potting mix. Cut back leaves of strawberries – you can even mow them down on a high blade – and dispose of them. Divide them in spring if they are too crowded.
  • Provide trellises for climbing peas.
  • Net garlic to protect against corella and cockatoo attack.
  • Prune fruit trees once they have lost their leaves; remove all mummified fruit from the branches.
  • Spray peach and nectarine trees a full 360 degrees to cover every face of every branch, and the trunk, once bare, with Lime Sulphur.
  • Mulch around all fruit trees. Remove any prunings from beneath trees.
  • Place hessian or cardboard around apple, pear and quince tree trunks for codling moth to lay in (remove and burn in 4 weeks then replace).
  • Cut autumn raspberries to ground level, remove dead leaves from the soil and cover ground with compost. Prune currant bushes and other berries.
  • Plant bare-rooted fruit trees.
  • Clear garden beds of dead plants and test pH for suitability for subsequent crops. Adjust pH if necessary (with compost and/or dolomite to make beds more alkaline or sulphur to make them more acidic).

Written by Robin Gale-Baker