Taking Summer Cuttings and Other Garden Tips.

Our groundwater table would be up to standard again, but make no mistake, there is no surplus! After rain comes sunshine seems appropriate this week, the coming week promises to be beautiful and sunny! The lawns are green again and continue to grow! We will of course continue to water pot and container plants. In the vegetable garden, we are harvesting a lot and in the border, the bees, bumblebees, and butterflies are buzzing in search of the nectar of our summer bloomers. 

Make sure you have a garden in top shape before you travel!

Take summer cuttings

From mid-July, it is the ideal period for taking herbaceous top cuttings in ornamental shrubs. Plants that can be propagated well by summer cuttings include cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), cardinal’s cap (Euonymus), bread tree (Aucuba), Skimmia, hydrangea (Hydrangea), Camellia, Taxus, …

Cut half-wood cuttings from shrubs. Semi-wood means that you cut shoots of this year that only become wood at the base.

Pull off 10 cm long shoots with a piece of the bark or cut them under a leaf knot.

Remove the lower leaves and top the cutting when it is very tender.

Dip the bottom in a growth liquid and put them in a pot with split and potting soil.

Cover the cuttings with plastic or put them in a cold container for good humidity. The cuttings will be rooted after six to eight weeks! Hydrangeas are very easy to take cuttings and take root after only four weeks.

Flower bulbs and tubers

  • Stick the bulbs of the Colchicum/autumn crocus in the ground in July to enjoy the flowers from September to November the same year. Plant the flower bulbs at a distance of 15 cm with a planting depth of 10 cm. You can also plant the bulbs of the autumn crocus in flower boxes so that you can admire them on the windowsill or on the patio or balcony.
  • Put some grass clippings or other organic matter around the base of the lilies so that it cannot be directly exposed to the sun.
  • Tie up your dahlias so that they do not immediately fall over in wind or rain. If the flower buds or leaves of your dahlias have been eaten, the earwigs may be the culprits.
    It used to be said that the animals crawled into the ears of people who slept soundly and that they damaged the eardrum. Hence, the name of the earwig. These are environmentally friendly from the dahlias way to capture by  oorwormenpotten be filled with straw or wood wool.
    Place the filled pots upside down on a bamboo stick. The earwigs will find a dry and warm shelter under the (wood) wool or in the straw after their nocturnal feeding feast. After a few days, you can move the pots next to plants with aphids.Earwigs are useful as a biological control against aphids. The earwig also feeds on mites, larvae, and eggs of insects (apple made / codling moth), comma shield lice, small caterpillars, and other parasites. They also eat plant foods such as algae.
  • Give the gladiolus and dahlias flower bulb fertilizer. This fertilizer contains a lot of potassium and magnesium for intense flower colors and for obtaining a sturdy bulb and / or tuber.
  • The leaves of the spent spring bulbs are now completely dry and may be dug up and stored until autumn. It is best to store it in a cool, dark, dry, and airy room. Store the flower bulbs in boxes between dry peat.

Fruit garden

  • After harvesting the last strawberries, you can cut off all the leaves with a hedge trimmer.
    These old leaves are no longer of much use to the plants and can only get sick. With the leaves, you suddenly also remove the straw and weed any weeds. After a few weeks, the plants will get fresh leaves. Cut off strawberry shoots and let them take root on a planting bed.
  • Summer pruning of grapes. Currants from outdoor grapes can happen this month. Also, remove the leaves hanging from the bunches of grapes so that the sun can reach these fruits better.
  • Summer pruning for pome fruit (= apples and pears). In July and August, this is pruning that allows sunlight to reach the fruit so that it can ripen better. Pruning is usually done three to four weeks before harvesting the relevant fruit.
  • You will not find mulberries in the store, these sweet fruits must be picked from the tree and processed immediately. They often form large, capricious trees, but they can also be grown as a shrub against the wall or as a hedge plant.

Vegetable garden

  • Now sow your stash of winter cabbage: kale, white cabbage, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts. Sow them thinly on a waiting bed and plant the young plants out in the vegetable garden after two to three weeks.
  • Do you love courgettes and do you want to keep harvesting until October? Then sow new plants now.
  • Bleach your endive in time so that the leaves become lighter, softer, and tastier.
  • Hoeing, regular weeding, and watering remain important.
  • Now harvest the first young new carrots.
  • Eggplants, peppers, and basil now provide additional plant food.

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