The Secret Garden centre sign in the summer‘A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken’ James Dent.

June – So many plants are in flower. Keep the garden well fed throughout the summer.

  • Hoe borders frequently to reduce the weed growth during the summer.

  • Plant up hanging baskets and patio pots with summer bedding such as geraniums, lobelia, and petunias.

  • Pinch out, side shoots on tomatoes.

  • Start harvesting lettuces, radishes, beetroot, and early potatoes.

  • Dead – head flowers on bedding plants and roses to encourage longer flowering. If you’re not sure how to dead head check out this link –

  • Mow the lawn weekly, but not too closely.

  • Prune spring flowering shrubs.

July – Mow your lawn regularly to prevent it going yellow through the summer.

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  • Dead – head summer hanging baskets and containers. Water and feed them regularly.

  • Keep tomatoes well fed and watered through the hot weather.

  • Add support frames to perennials such as Nepeta, Geum and Dahlias.

  • Harvest courgettes regularly to prevent them getting to big.

  • Dead – head roses.

  • Clear algae and blanket weed from your pond and keep it topped up with water.

  • Use a liquid feed on your lawn to keep it looking good. Water and cut your grass regularly.