This month is still a great time to be planting winter veges including leafy greens and brassicas. In the fruit garden it's all about planting new season fruit trees and strawberries, and why not liven up your garden with some winter flowers in the flower garden!
What to plant in July
In the vegetable garden
This month you can plant the following: beetroot, bok choi, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cavolo nero, coriander, garlic, kale, mesclun, mizuna, onions, shallots, parsley, peas, rocket, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, spinach, thyme.
For more veges to plant in your region, check out our planting poster and calendar here.
Beetroot, bok choi, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cavolo nero, kale, lettuce, leeks, mesclun, mizuna, parsnip, peas, radish, rocket, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, yams.
- Asparagus - lift and divide overcrowded asparagus beds and plant out new crowns.
- Broad beans - stake or support plants as they grow.
- Potatoes - now is the time to start sprouting new season seed potatoes ready for planting in August or September. Always choose certified seed potatoes, such as Tui Certified Seed Potatoes, as these are specifically selected to thrive in the home garden and guaranteed to be free of viruses and pests that affect potatoes. Prepare potato beds ready for planting by digging over the soil to a depth of 30cm. Next, add plenty of compost or Tui Super Sheep Pellets. Blend in Tui Potato Food to soil prior to planting.
- Herbs - hardy herbs such as thyme, rosemary and bay tree can be planted in winter. Plant in Tui Herb Mix.
In the fruit garden
- All deciduous fruit trees can be planted this month (through to September) while the plants are still dormant. The widest selection will be available in garden stores now. When planting remember fruit trees require a position in full sun. Shelter from strong prevailing winds is preferable.
- It's strawberry planting time, to ensure a good strawberry crop the plants need to have a period of winter chilling. The cold temperature helps stimulate the flower buds which produce the fruit. Prepare beds by working soil over with a fork, blend in sheep pellets, a layer of Tui Strawberry Mix and Tui Strawberry Food prior to planting.
- Plant other berries including raspberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, boysenberries, and blackberries.
- Lemons, limes, mandarins, grapefruit, and oranges are all ripening and ready for harvest in the warmest of areas.
- Before pruning begins in earnest, sharpen secateurs, saws and loppers. Prune apples, pears and apricots. Avoid pruning peaches, plums and nectarines to prevent the spread of disease.
- In frost prone areas or for sensitive plants, protect tender fruit trees with frost cloth.
- Spray deciduous fruits trees with a winter clean up spray to remove any lingering pests and diseases.
In the flower garden
- Plant up pots, containers and hanging baskets with potted colour to brighten up the garden.
- Pick witch hazel, camellias, viburnum, wallflowers, winter roses, hellebores, dianthus, leucadendrons, violets, Daphne, snapdragons, flowering kale, japonica.
- Plant roses, Daphne, lily of the valley, forget-me-nots, calendula, polyanthus, flowering kale, poppies, primula, violas, pansies, snapdragons, sweet William, alyssum, deciduous flowering shrubs.
- Sow poppies, lupins, sweet peas, wildflowers, calendula. In warm areas petunias and impatiens can be sown too.
- Blend in a layer of Tui Super Sheep Pellets to spring flower beds and allow to settle in for a month or so prior to planting.
- Apply Tui Bulb Food to existing bulbs.
- Prune and then spray roses with Tui Disease & Insect Eliminator for Roses to combat insects and diseases.
- Add thick layers of Tui Mulch & Feed or Tui Pea Straw Mulch to garden beds and pots to conserve water, reduce weeds and add valuable nutrients back to the soil.
- Apply Seasol plant tonic to all areas of your garden for healthy plant growth and to help cope with temperature extremes.