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Sowing and growing - This week in the garden

The dog days of summer

Summer is definitely on the way.

The longest day of the year is coming, and this means longer hours of daylight and warmer weather.

Summer is the most colourful time of the year in the garden. There are so many plants that we can be growing now.

What is looking good in your garden at the moment?

In the meantime, here are some gardening jobs to keep you busy in the next week to come.

Propagate your mint

Did you know that it is so easy to propagate your own mint plants?

Mint is known for its vigorous growth, as it will grow rampant in the garden. It is also said that you will get the best flavour from young, new plant growth.

If you are growing mint in your garden, simply snip off a few stems and remove all of the lower leaves. Pop these stems into water, and they will start to grow roots.

Once the stems have grown some strong, healthy roots, then you can pot them up, and you will have propagated yourself some nice, new mint plants.

You will never be without mint again.

Harvest crops and re-sow

Growing your own food is not only healthier for you, but it is also a more sustainable way to live, as the food miles of your crops are greatly reduced. It’s a wonderful feeling sowing and growing seeds and then harvesting your crops fresh from the plot.

If you sowed your own salad crops, such as radishes and lettuce, you may find that some of these are ready to harvest now.

Once harvested, it’s best to sow a succession of crops every two weeks or so. You will, therefore, always have crops ready to be harvested throughout the growing season.

Deadhead roses

There is nothing more quintessentially English than growing roses in your garden.

And now that it is June, deadheading season is upon us. You can make sure that your roses bloom all summer long by doing some regular maintenance.

Once the blooms on your roses start to fade and go over, then it is best to remove them with a sharp pair of secateurs. By removing the faded blooms, this will encourage other buds on the plant to form and flower.

However, as the season wears on, it is nice to leave some of the spent blooms on the plant to form rosehips. These are a brilliant source of food for birds later in the season.

Start sowing biennials

Biennials have a two-year cycle of growing. They put down roots and grow foliage in their first year, and then they produce their flowers in the second year.

This means that now is a great time to start sowing biennial flower seeds. With a bit of planning now, then next year, you will have lots of lovely blooms to look forward to.

Sow biennial seeds such as wallflowers, Sweet Williams and Campanulas.

Happy seed sowing gardeners!


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