Summer Solstice has just passed, marking the longest day of the year. As we move into July, there's the promise of heaps of sunshine and warmer days (hopefully!). 

Whether you’re at home in the sunshine or heading away on holiday, its important put in the ground work in to your garden to prepare it for the height  of summer.
 
The Royal Horticultural Society has put together a handy 10-step-guide to help prepare plants for the summer heat. So get weeding, pruning and mowing to ensure your garden stays fresh throughout the summer's final months.  
 
1.       Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
2.       Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
3.       Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
4.       Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
5.       Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
6.       Mow lawns at least once a week
7.       Plant out summer bedding
8.       Stake tall or floppy plants
9.       Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
10.     Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch


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