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Monday 3 July 2023

This Month in Your Garden – July

“Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.”
Henry David Thoreau

We rarely major on one particular weed in the garden, but this year conditions seemed to especially favour bindweed. Typically, it is perennial hedge bindweed, Calystegia sepium, that spreads fast with its twining stems and white, trumpet flowers.

The Lawn Care Guide – July

Watering can make all the difference

Less frequent mowing is likely now and it’s good practice to raise the cutting height of the mower or cutting deck on the garden tractor so you don’t cut too short and expose the grass to the harsh sun.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We are having a real problem with moles and molehills on the lawn. What can we do?

The Vegetable Plot – July

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Laurie Colwin

Watering the tomatoes both in and out of the greenhouse can be an easily forgotten task. They can dry out surprisingly quickly, especially if they are in grow bags. The next time you look you find limp, dying plants. Get them watered and they should revive.

The Big Glut – July

Vegetable garden risotto

A lovely way to use the beans, peas, and asparagus from the garden, in a light and tasty risotto. From The
Hairy Bikers’ Best of British. Serves four.


  • 250g/10oz broad beans 
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves