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Gardener's Diary            July



Rosemary Martin







Gardener's Diary is a regular feature of run by Rosemary Martin. 


An introduction from Rosemary...     



I have been gardening now as a hobby for about thirty years, but have no formal training..  I don't have a favourite style of gardening, traditional is nice, but I also think the modern trends work well. 


This column adds a new dimension to my interest in all aspects of horticulture and will hopefully help others find pleasure in this healthy and therapeutic pastime  ...  



Please e-mail me with your garden problems, comments, or ideas for this section of  laterlife, remembering to tell me which country you are from.. 


Click here for previous editions of Gardener's Diary..





Fiftieth edition - July 2005   

If your garden is suffering from lack of rain, here are some tips on water conservation from The Royal Horticulture Society..

It is now high summer and also a very busy time in the garden, with hedges and lawns to cut, vegetables to be kept weed-free and copious watering to be done to keep the hanging baskets, tubs and other flowering plants in top condition...  Don`t worry If your lawn has gone brown, it won`t die and will quickly recover after some rain.


Jobs for the month - July






Amazon book - Gardening with children




New lawns sown or turfed in spring are now mature enough to be given a dose of weedkiller if necessary, but do take care to get the correct dosage. If you decide to use a spot weedkiller on your lawn to kill an occasional weed, make sure it is one that is suitable for killing weeds in lawns..







If your greenhouse is in full sun during the hottest part of the day, you will need to have some sort of shading. The best and easiest product in my view is Coolglass  which you just paint on the glass...

Spray the greenhouse regularly to help prevent red spider mite.. As soon as tomato plants have set their first truss start feeding them with Tomorite or similar.



Amazon books - HedgesHedges


Mulch newly planted hedges and water during dry periods. Trim conifer and privet hedges to a wedge shape, wide at the base, tapering to the top.






Dead-head regularly to promote new flower buds and mulch the area around the roses with grass cuttings, bark or other material that will help to keep the moisture in. Tie in new growth of climbing roses to prevent strong winds snapping it off



Herbaceous plants

Amazon book - Illustrated Encyclopedia of perennials

Support tall growing plants with twiggy sticks or canes.

Remove faded flowers from all plants including bedding plants, to encourage new growth. Hoe around the plants to remove weeds and freshen up the borders.


When your bearded Irises have finished flowering, lift them, divide them, keeping only the strongest rhizomes and cut the foliage straight across, leaving it about 4" long. Then replant them, all facing the same way, towards the sunniest part of the border.




Vegetables and salad


Regular weeding of your vegetable plot is essential to prevent seedlings from taking over.  After watering the runner beans, mulch along each side of the row  with lawn cuttings, compost or straw to help conserve moisture. Do this before the soil dries out..

As cauliflowers start to form their heads, break a few leaves over the head to protect it from the sun and keep it white. Thin out carrots and beetroot to allow them more room for growth.

Continue to make further sowings of lettuce, radish, beetroot, carrots and turnips.



Ponds and water features


As it is fish spawning season make sure your pond is well oxygenated.. Continue topping up water levels if they drop and remove blanket weed with care if fish are spawning and other wildlife might be caught up in it..





Some of your recent gardening queries

Keep the e-mails with your gardening problems coming Please tell me which country you live in as knowing the climate can help me solve your problem. Your current email address is necessary as my replies are occasionally returned to me as undeliverable..


Thompson & Morgan LogoThompson & Morgan 



You may obtain their free New 2005 Seed Catalogue by telephoning 01473 695224 and their website address is where full information is available on their product varieties and orders can be taken on-line. 


And some places to visit...

RHS Flower Shows 2005

Charity Gala Preview of the
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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4 July 2005

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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5 - 10 July 2005

RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park

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20 - 24 July 2005

Malvern Autumn Garden & Country Show

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24 - 25 September 2005

RHS London Flower Shows

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Wisley Shows

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April, June and August
  Visit the Eden Project


The living theatre of plants and people
The Eden Project is a gateway into the world of plants and people. A meeting place for all to discover how we depend on plants and how we can help to manage and conserve them for our mutual survival.




Kew Gardens two locations:-

Tel: 020 8332 5655 (24 hr)
Fax: 020 8332 5197

Royal Botanic Gardens

Tel: 01444 894066 (24 hr)
Fax: 01444 894069

Royal Botanic Gardens
Wakehurst Place
Nr Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 6TN



The National Botanic Gardens of Scotland comprise:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Scotland's Premier Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll
Argyll's Magnificent Mountainside Garden

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Borders
Wonderful Woodland Garden

Logan Botanic Garden, Galloway
Scotland's Most Exotic Garden


The National Botanic Garden of WalesThe National Botanic Garden of Wales

The star attraction here is the 91 metre long domed glasshouse, that houses landscapes normally found in the Mediterranean. This would be a super place to visit on a chilly day...



Keep the e-mails with your gardening problems coming

Have a look at previous editions of Gardener`s Diary



Some websites of interest to gardeners:-


Carry on Gardening - The easier gardening web site from ThriveGardening is an important part of many people's lives. You don't have to give up gardening because of accident or illness, the onset of disability or the problems associated with growing older. The information on their website is designed to provide you with the information to Carry on Gardening.

Carry on Gardening was initiated by the horticultural charity Thrive and is funded by the National Lottery Charities Board.  It brings together information on easy ways of gardening gathered over 23 years by Thrive and research carried out since the early 1970s by Mary Marlborough Centre, Oxford, on tools and equipment for disabled and older people. 







Useful reading:-


"The Yellow Book" contains information of all Gardens of England and Wales open for charity, and can be bought priced ?5 from National Gardens Scheme

National Trust Gardens Handbook is ?6.99 and the new edition is out in May  Telephone 01394 389 950 or see their website




Amazon book - A year at Kew

 Amazon book - Gardens Through Time: 200 Years of the English Garden

Amazon book - RHS Plants for Places: 1000 Tried and Tested Plants for Every Soil, Site and Usage (RHS)

Amazon book - RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening: RHS Bi-centennial Edition (Royal Horticultural Society)


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