July Gardening with Big Jims


The shortest day has passed and now we look forward to spring with anticipation. This is the month for planting deciduous trees, both fruiting and ornamental. These trees not only add beautiful colour in spring and autumn but add value to your property. Beat the winter blues this July and join us as we prepare for spring.


The Edible Garden

  • Its deciduous fruit tree time! New seasons apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums are in store now. Look for our dwarf selection which is ideal for the small garden or in large pots. This is the best time to plant pip fruit and stone fruit. We recommend placing a few handfuls of sheep pellets into the hole before planting to give your tree the best start. Remember to protect these trees from our strong winds by staking.
  • Except in very wet or boggy soils you can now start to turn over any patches of garden that have left un-planted. This is a good time to dig any green manure crops such as lupins and mustard. Add some lime to the soil at the same time. If you don't have green manure crops, dig in a good quantity of organic compost.
  • Start preparing seed potatoes for planting. Spread seed potatoes in trays or boxes in a light sunny position and leave for a few weeks to form sprouts ‘eyes’. Once spouted rub off any small or weak sprouts before planting
  • Sow seeds in seed trays in a warm light location - seeds sown now will develop into seedlings ready to plant into the ground in early spring. - Beetroot, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, silverbeet.
  • Winter Gardenz Greenhouses are a great addition to the vege garden and allow you to grow all crops with ease. See our catalogue for the full selection.
  • You can still plant garlic and shallots this month.
  • A spray of Bravo or Champ DP Copper spray on winter crops such as cabbage, cauliflower and broad beans will help control any winter fungus diseases that may appear.
  • Prune grapes.


The Flower Garden

  • Prune roses this month. Spray with Champ DP copper spray and conqueror oil to keep any scale, mites and fungus diseases under control.
  • Fragrant Daphne and Boronia are a welcome addition to any garden and can be planted now.
  • Feed spring flowering bulbs with Bulb food as the leaves appear through the ground.
  • Tuberous begonias, Dahlias and Gladioli will all appear in the garden centre this month. Prepare soil well with compost and general garden fertiliser and plant out the tubers and corms towards the end of the month.
  • Sow seedlings of sweet pea, lobelia and pansies.
  • Spring flowering trees can be planted now - flowering cherries, crab apples, and Maples for their gorgeous spring foliage and flowers.



Move indoor plants to warmer, well lit positions. Elevate if they are sitting on a cold floor, and reduce watering to a minimum, but do remember that heaters and fires can make rooms very hot so some water may be required.