Summer’s in full swing and it’s time to make the most of July’s better weather (hopefully!) with all our favourite things like gardening, outdoor dining and BBQs.
Lawn feed that revitalises grass
For many of us, the lawn is the centrepiece of the garden. While your lawn is actively growing, it’s a great idea to invest in some good lawn feed to help maintain a healthy lawn throughout the year. During dry weather, raise your mower blade to let the grass grow a little longer – this’ll help keep it greener and help retain moisture.
Water plants the eco-friendly way
To maintain vibrancy throughout a warm, dry July (hopefully!), it’s important to keep the garden looking and feeling healthy with a good amount of watering. However, it’s during these dry spells that water needs to be used even more carefully and thoughtfully. There are a few ways you can water the garden in a more eco-friendly way:
- Invest in a water butt – plants prefer rain water to tap water and it’s a great way of making the most of natural resources.
- Use a layer of mulch – apply a thick layer of mulch, compost or chip bark on soil between plants to help keep the moisture in and suppress weeds – win, win!
- Use ‘grey’ water – cooled bath water or washing up water can be re-used as long as it’s not laced with strong detergents or household cleaning agents and isn’t too greasy. Use on the roots only and avoid the leaves for best results.
- Attach a trigger gun to your hose pipe or use a watering can to preserve water.
- Always water your plants in the cool of the evening or very early in the morning, allowing the water to get to the root before it evaporates in the heat of the day.
- Apply water to the base of plants, where it can get to the roots quicker.
Flowers to plant in July
If you’ve not yet fully planted your summer border, don’t worry! You’re not too late. As opposed to planting from seed (which unfortunately you are too late for) you can plant pre-grown plants from your local wilko, nursery or garden centre into fresh soil. To add some colour to your garden, these are the flowers to plant now for summer:
- Begonia – coloured large blooms which thrive in both sun and shade
- Nasturtium – these multicoloured flowers are perfect for hanging baskets
- Aster – tough perennials available in a variety of colours which thrive through the height of summer
- Gloriosa Daisy – radiant yellow coloured flowers to brighten up any garden
If you want a garden challenge next year and grow flowers straight from seed, plant the seeds from the above flowers around February/April time and you should see them bloom in July.
What vegetables to plant now in July
Growing your own veg is not only a great way to introduce nature into your garden, it’ll also provide you with tasty home-grown produce for your whole family, helping to teach kids exactly where their dinner’s come from. Despite common misconceptions, it’s not too late to plant pre-sown vegetables in July, and even some straight from seed. So if you’re wondering what vegetable to plant now, wonder no more!
- Cabbages and Brussels sprouts – if you’ve been growing these from seed, now’s the time to plant out any winter cabbages and Brussels sprouts
- Kale – you can continue to sow leafy vegetables such as kale well into autumn
- Root vegetables – carrots, turnips and beetroot can be sown in July – but don’t leave it any later
- Peas – be quick with peas and beans, July is your last chance to beat the onset of frost
Cool off with an outdoor pool
With a lot of the hard graft in the garden out of the way, July is a great time to embrace your outdoor space. And what better way to cool off outside in this hot month than with an inflatable family pool or paddling pool to enjoy.
From as little as £3, there’s something for everyone, and remember the garden can benefit from the pool water afterwards so don’t waste it!
If water isn’t your thing, check out our fantastic range of outdoor toys.
July gives us the perfect excuse to get all the family over for a big BBQ or have a day in the great outdoors with a picnic. Get your hands on a family sized gas or charcoal BBQ to keep everyone happy and well fed on those sunny days. And if you’re heading away on a camping adventure or just a day out, why not take a portable or disposable BBQ along for the ride to spice up mealtimes? Whatever your BBQ style, get grilling to perfection with our top 10 BBQ tips. And of course, you’ll need some gorgeous and practical outdoor garden furniture that’s perfect for chilling out on and will complement your outdoor space.
Sun lotion with 5 star UVA protection
Always remember to stay safe in the sun by covering up and protecting your skin. In addition to hats and sunglasses don’t forget the sun cream– the sun can be strong even on the mildest days. And what’s more, all wilko brand sun protection has been awarded the maximum 5 stars for UVA protection, so you can be safe in the knowledge you’re well protected!
Although the big jobs should mainly be out of the way, there’s still a fair bit of work to do to keep your garden maintained in July when everything is growing in abundance. Here’s a rundown of your must-do gardening jobs for July:
Fruit and veg
- Sow oriental veg seeds like pak choi
- Plant out leeks if you haven’t already
- Pick courgettes to encourage more to grow
- Pinch out tomato side shoots
- Feed crops with a general-purpose fertiliser
- Harvest garlic when the tops bend over
- Keep adding compost to potato grow bags until full
- Pinch out chrysanthemums
- Take cuttings from shrubs and alpines
- Deadhead annuals and bedding plants
- Feed perennials
- Plant biennials for next spring
- Tie in and train climbers as they grow
- Prune out hollyhock leaves that are suffering from rust
- Continue cutting weekly
- Give it a soak during hot, dry spells no more than once a week
And, of course, for all your gardening and outdoor needs, head over to our gardening department at wilko.com