Summer Gardening Planner

Follow this handy checklist and caring for your garden will be easier, quicker and more satisfying.
Solid Pergola Supports Heavy Wisteria

Solid Pergola Supports Heavy Wisteria

Photo by: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Arches & Pergolas, 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Early Summer

  • Harden off tender seedlings sown indoors.
  • Plant summer bedding and vegetable plants.
  • Plant up containers and hanging baskets.
  • Protect young plant growth from pests, especially slugs.
  • Put houseplants, including citrus, outside for summer.
  • Feed flowering shrubs and roses to promote flowering.
  • Prune evergreen shrubs.
  • Earth up potatoes and harvest after flowering.
  • In late summer, sow beet, radishes, spinach and lettuce every two weeks.
  • Take softwood cuttings.

 Late Summer

  • Sow spring cabbages.
  • Trim lavender hedges after flowering.
  • Prune wisteria to restrict growth.
  • Take semi-ripe wood cuttings.
  • Make an insect hotel in time for winter hibernation.

All Summer

  • Water containers and new plantings frequently, particularly in hot weather.
  • Weed beds and borders.
  • Mow the lawn as required.
  • Deadhead flowering plants to extend blooming.
  • Prune hedges and topiary as required.
  • Tie climbers in to their supports.

Any Time of Year

  • Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
  • Make a wooden obelisk.
  • Create a bog garden.
  • Dig out a pond.
  • Make a border and lawn edge.
  • Make a rose arch.
  • Check tree ties, and loosen if necessary.
  • Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
  • Cut out dead or diseased wood.
  • Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.

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