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Roses and chives - This week in the garden

Weekly advice to keep your gardens looking good all year round

I hope you are enjoying the time spent in your gardens this summer.

I know that from my point of view, the garden brings me a great sense of satisfaction. I love nature, so seeing all of the wildlife that visits my garden is pure joy to me. What do your gardens mean to you?

Being outside and connecting with nature is wonderful for our mental health, as it ensures that we are living in the moment, lessening our worries and anxieties and focussing on something that is positive and nurturing.

So with that being said, here are some jobs to keep you busy in the next week to come.

Happy gardening, folks!

Shade your greenhouse

Greenhouses are a fantastic way to grow your own fruit and veg and it can extend the range of possibilities, in terms of what you can grow. But growing under glass can have a few drawbacks.

Direct sunlight coming through your greenhouse glass, particularly in the height of summer, can scorch your plant leaves and sometimes kill your plants in extreme conditions.

By shading your greenhouse, this will help to bring the temperature down inside and ensure that your plants can still grow, but will not be scorched in the direct sunlight.

This can be done through a number of ways. You can drape a large piece of hessian over the roof externally or attach internally to keep out the suns rays.

Or you can paint the outside with shade paint. It will not wash off in the rain and will help to protect your plants. But it is important to remove the paint once summer is over, as the light levels will start to drop.

Feed roses

If you are growing roses in your garden, then July is a really good time to give them a summer feed. It is usually best to feed after the first flowers, as it will encourage them to keep repeat-flowering for a little bit longer through the summer.

Feeding your roses will give them all the proper nutrients that they need to ensure that they produce lots of blooms for you, but also to keep them healthy and disease-resistant.

You can buy a specially formulated food for roses, usually in a granular, slow-release form, or you can use farmyard manure, as roses absolutely love this.

Clear the ground around your rose bush and apply the food, if using granular. Carefully dig into the soil around the canopy of your rose and water in well. Mulching around your rose is also a good idea, as it helps the soil to retain moisture and reduces weeds.

Cut back chives

This herb is easy to grow and delicious in salads and dips. It is also perennial and hardy, meaning that it can withstand harsh weather and keep coming back every year.

If you are growing chives at home, they require a little bit of maintenance to keep happy and healthy. By cutting them back and giving them a regular haircut, this keeps them productive and you will be harvesting them all season.

Cut back the whole bunch of chives right down to ground level. You can use what you can in the kitchen and compost the rest. Then in a few weeks time, you’ll have fresh, new chives for your kitchen.

Create a hand-tie

Your garden is probably full to the brim with flowers and bursting with colour right now.

So why not bring some of this colour into your home, so that you can enjoy it when you’re not outside in your garden. You will be amazed at how you can easily create a very beautiful flower arrangement just from the plants in your own garden.

It is best to harvest your flowers and put them straight into water, as the shock could make them wilt, especially on a hot day.

Creating your own flower arrangements is a great way to really get to know your garden. And soon, you will be planning your seed sowing and flower growing around your flower arranging.

Happy flower harvesting, gardeners!

Oh, and one last job…

Don’t forget to harvest your cherries, before the birds do!


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