Sommer

General activities

In general, these tasks are waiting for you in the summer:

At the latest, plant your planters or move them outside.
Remove faded flowers regularly to encourage new growth and prevent disease.
Water your plants regularly, especially during dry spells. Pay increased attention to signs of drought stress, such as curled leaves, dropping or wilting shoots and leaves.

Even in June there is still much to do in the garden:

for many plants the second fertilization is due (organic or slow release fertilizer)
weeding
watering plants
mowing the lawn once a week
harvest sweet cherries and then cut back the tree
sow annual and biennial flowers
quickly plant a herb bed (if not already done)
divide plants if necessary

In addition, June is peak season for many pests, such as scale insects, gall mites, chickweed, whiteflies, and the dreaded boxwood borer, as well as fungal diseases. Check your plants regularly for appropriate signs and take timely countermeasures. Attract beneficial insects such as ladybugs or lacewings to the garden by setting up an insect hotel, for example. Continue to collect slugs and snails on a regular basis.

In July, one thing above all is important: water, water and water again. Preferably, water your plants in the early morning hours and be sure to apply the water directly to the soil. If possible, the leaves and flowers of the plants should not get wet! Otherwise, there is a risk of fungal diseases. Also, do not water daily in small doses, but rather vigorously every few days – only in this way plants develop deep roots and are less sensitive to drought.

The most important work in August continues to be the adequate supply of water to the plants, as well as regular weeding and mowing the lawn. In addition, August is the month when you may harvest abundant vegetables – so you’ll have your hands full to finally reap the fruits of your labor.

You can either sow or plant the harvested beds with winter vegetables such as lamb’s lettuce or short-term crops such as lettuce and radishes, or – if further use is not desired – with green manure plants. Various clovers are particularly suitable for this purpose, as they not only provide insects with plenty of food in the fall, but also collect nitrogen in their roots, thus enriching the soil. Winter rye or phacelia are also very suitable for fallow vegetable beds.

If possible, fertilizer is not applied now or at the latest by mid-August with a potassium-rich fertilizer. This should harden off the sensitive shoots of the roses in good time before winter. Thus, the flowers survive the cold season better. In addition, now is the right time to cut back the “queen of flowers” and thus prevent fungal diseases. With the so-called summer pruning, you remove mainly already diseased parts of the plant and withered flowers.

Tips

In order to enjoy their blooms in the fall, you should now plant autumn crocus and cyclamen in the beds. They are also suitable for shadier places.