I’m a gardening expert and here's exactly what you should be growing in July and August | The Sun

SUMMER is upon us and if you are looking to spruce up your garden, now could be the perfect opportunity.

A gardening expert has revealed exactly what you should be growing specifically in July and August to make the most of your outside space.

Daisy Payne told Fabulous: “July and August tends to be a time when your garden is in full production. 

“Planting wildflowers is a brilliant way to increase wildlife in your garden, from novice to expert they are easy to plant and look beautiful with their variety of colours. 

“I’d say Erysimum and Aubreita are both vital plants for the months of July and August as they plant really well in the summer months. 

“They are also both beautiful summer-flowering plants that add lovely colour in beds, borders and containers. 

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“So if your garden needs some colour, get planting now.

“And the best thing is, that all of this can be done in window boxes or small spaces, as well as gardens and larger outdoor spaces.”

Daisy, who has been working with Bird’s Eye to increase biodiversity through their own sustainable farming practices, and even planted a ginormous butterfly made entirely from wildflowers in one of their East Yorkshire pea fields, said you should also consider planting vegetables around this time.

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She explained: “Vegetables can grow and flowers will begin to bloom. Kale and Carrots are two brilliant vegetables two grow as they are known for not needing too much looking after so are great if you’re looking for a more simple approach to gardening. 

“Lettuce and spring onions are also two great options to grow but it’s really important to make sure all your plants and crops are getting good amounts of water throughout these months.”

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Daisy said planting wildflowers is a brilliant way to increase wildlife in your gardenCredit: INSTAGRAM/GARDENTOGARNISH
Daisy worked with Bird’s Eye to plant a ginormous butterfly made entirely from wildflowers in one of their East Yorkshire pea fieldsCredit: Will Caddy/PinPep

Daisy Payne’s Tips to Help Preserve Biodiversity

1.       Keep it native: Try to use plants that will encourage a wide range of pollinating insects and other wildlife

2.       Go wild: If you have a garden, allow a small area to grow ‘wild’, or leave a patch of fallen leaves. Insects, birds and small mammals will benefit from the cover and native plants.

3.       Tree planter: if you don’t have access to a garden or outdoor space, whynot look out for a tree down your street, they often have soil at the base so you can grow the Birds Eye wildflower seeds there quite easily

4.       Inspire the future: Get children involved in gardening activities – inspiring future generations to love and respect wildlife is the best way to protect nature in the long-term

5.       Know the source: When buying foods, take a look at what the manufacturers are doing to support sustainability. You can do this by looking at their website or on the pack.

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