THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul14

Garden Jobs July

So many garden jobs in July. But the first garden job in July? Stop your weeding and mowing for a moment and SMELL THE ROSES!

(You’ve got to enjoy your garden too, no…?)

Madame Alfred Carriere
Madame Alfred Carriere

What other jobs are worth doing in the garden now July is here?

Start with pruning the fruit trees that have st0nes, like cherries and plums.

Remember to water your pots.

Remove suckers from lime trees and lightly prune any plants you are trying to pleach.

Deadhead and feed the roses.

Weedkill and feed the lawns. If you really must.

Take a look at any spring flowering shrubs and cut them back to shape now, right after they have finished flowering.

Deadhead in your herbaceous border – got Delphiniums? Well done! Impressed! Cut the spent flower now and enjoy a second, smaller flower soon…

Harvest in the fruit patch – strawberries, raspberries, cherries and gooseberries are amazing to eat now!

Start eating the broad beans…

To be fair… July is a great month for jobs in the garden…

For more detailed information, try one of these books from Amazon:

(And this one from Alan Titchmarsh, priced at £24, can be found for just 1p! Good if you are a beginner for all the advice you need about garden jobs for July…)

Jun28

Make Your Own Microbes

We are fans of effective microbes, and use the in our topiary work. They help keep plants healthy, meaning the plants have more tools in their toolbox and energy in their lives to stave off any diseases. Here is a lovely article that tells you how to make your own microbes. Right at the end. Make Your Own Microbes

Jun15

Boxwood – Dealing With Blight & The Caterpillar

Boxwood is one of our absolute favourite plants. The evergreen leaf that shines in winter, the smell as you clip it, the brilliant shapes you can make from it… but it is suffering somewhat from two major problems: Box Blight Boxwood Caterpillar and Moth None of this is the be all and end all for boxwood, but it helps to be aware of it and know a little about what you can do should either of these problems arise. Boxwood Caterpillar & Moth I hadn’t seen this in a garden I worked on until this spring, when a client I …

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Jun06

Orchard Design At Brogdale, National Fruit Collection In Kent

Last weekend I visited the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, to take part in an orchard design course they were running. Beautiful place and a warm day, I recommend a visit. I came home with 3 bottles of cider. Drank them all. Then realised they were weighing in at 8%. I don’t recover that quickly (no longer being 20 years old) and so had something of a musty head the next morning. The power of apples I say! Below are some notes I made from the day. They may be of use to you, although really they are there for …

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