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Your garden's needs this month.

WITH the summer well underway - although admittedly not quite as warm as one might hope - you should be able to reap the benefits of your blossoming garden and enjoy the long daylight hours outside.

To make the most of your sanctuary, there are a few simple steps you can take.

You'll be surprised at the second wave of blooms you can get from your summer bedding flowering plants if you deadhead them now. Simply pinch off any dying flowers between finger and thumb as soon as they start to droop. Plants like lavender will benefit from a quick haircut to remove any colourless flowers.

Dive into your herb garden for some basil to freshen up your barbecue. Blitz with garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, and olive oil to make a pesto - great stirred through hummus. Alternatively, use it to make a fresh lemon and basil marinade for your grilled chicken.

Now that it's warmer, give your conservatory plants a breath of fresh air and place them outside. The drier weather also means this is the perfect time to get your fences and patio furniture in order, whether you need to take it down and start again, or just need to give everything a lick of paint.

Give the lawn a quickacting summer feed, and make sure your plants have a good layer of mulch to keep them cool and nourished throughout the season.

For days when the weather turns typically British and disappointing, it's a good opportunity to de-clutter your interiors so that you can relax inside and make the most of the long summer evenings.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2015
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