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The Idle Mole Gardening School  

 
 
July 
 
The sun has got his hat on! 
Summer is in full swing and it has brought with it some wonderful spells of hot, sunny weather. 
 
Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month; 
 
Check clematis for signs of wilt. If detected, cut back the affected area and ensure the roots are well shaded. 
Move conservatory plants outside, you can put citrus plants outside now too. 
Keep your lawns looking lush by feeding with an after cut tonic or summer feed. 
When the weather is dry, paint fences and garden furniture to preserve them and keep them looking fresh. 
Keep an eye out for greenfly and other pests. 
Deadhead summer bulbs and bedding plants to ensure they continue to flower. 
Remove rose and tree suckers, 
Ensure newly planted trees and shrubs do not dry out. 
Water regularly. 
Sow autumn and winter salads, beetroot, carrot and spring cabbage. 
Stake and support top heavy perennials such as foxgloves,peonies and lupins to prevent stem breakage and keep them looking at their best. 
Give your garden a feed with a good general purpose liquid feed, this will give your plants a boost of nutrients to prolong flowering and keep them looking healthy for longer. 
 
 
If you have houseplants that will require water whilst you are away, invest in some capillary matting, Simply fill your sink with water and place the matting on the draining board, ensuring the bottom of the matting is in the water. Sit your houseplants on the matting and they will take up the moisture when they need it. 
 
The summer holidays are approaching, why not get the kids involved in some bug hunting? Install some insect hotels or make your own? They not only provide a home for insects, but they will encourage friendly bugs into your garden which will in turn help control the nasty ones! Mini beasts are always appealing to little green fingers. 
Plant Of The Month 
 
Salvia’s are the star of the month. Look out for ‘Dyson’s Maroon’ with a wonderfully long flowering period this beautiful variety will display purple flowers from July through to the autumn. Growing up to 75cm this salvia enjoys a sunny and dry aspect. Perfect for borders and pots alike. 
 
Another exciting salvia to look out for this month is ‘Salmon Dance’. As the name suggests, this is an unusual salmon flowering variety. Growing up to 60cm in height, this is a truly stunning contrast to the usual varieties of salvia and will provide lasting colour and interest well into late summer. 
 
 
 
 
 
We have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year. 

New Workshops coming soon! 

 
 
 
 

New Workshops coming soon! 

 
 
 
 
 

Currently on hold...... Group Talks (at our place) 

WI, Flower Club, Local Church Group? Need to organise an interesting event? Why not arrange a talk/demonstration from our horticulturalist?  
Talks on site are priced at £4 per person and take approximately one hour. Your group will also receive a discount voucher to use in our garden centre on the day.  
 
Titles available include; 
Bulbs Glorious Bulbs 
Scent and Sensibility 
Summer Days 
+ many more 
 
 
Email or call us to discuss your requirements.  

Currently on hold..... Group Talks (at your place) 

Can't get to see us? Why not let our horticulturalist come to you? 
We will bring everything we need to give your group an enjoyable, interesting session without the worry of transport to us.  
Talks are priced at £70 within a 50 mile radius. 
 
Titles available include;  
Perennials for Every Season 
Shady Characters 
Whats Hot and What's Not 
+ many more 
 
Email or call us to discuss your requirements. 
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