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July is upon us at last and with it comes much warmer days and if we’re lucky, a lot less rain! We have lots of ideas for keeping the garden fully hydrated through the drier months and some good tips for watering while you’re on holiday too. Lawns are a big feature in July and our expert lawn care blog has some great tips for keeping yours in good shape as the mercury rises.
If you’ve been nurturing fruit and vegetables over the last few months, you’ll now be able to harvest all those delicious crops, we've got some excellent tips around collecting the fruit, veg and herbs you’ve lovingly tended to. If wildlife is your thing, this is a wonderful month, as it’s the time to encourage beautiful butterflies and useful bugs into the garden. Blooms such as Buddleja, Hebes and Wallflowers will invite lots of friendly creatures into your outdoor space; our guide will help you to get the garden buzzing with busy bugs in no time.
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Garden centre plant festival - 16/07/18 - 30/07/18
Turn up the heat by growing your own chillies
Growing your own chillies is a great way to explore new and unusual varieties that you can’t find in supermarkets. Easy to grow, chillies are both productive and attractive so they’re ideal for small spaces. The Scoville Scale is used to mark the chilli’s heat, which comes from an oil in the chilli called capsaicin. As the highest concentration of capsaicin is in the seeds and ‘ribs’ you can tame the heat by removing these. At Homebase we have 14 chilli varieties from mild to super-hot, including one of the best known chillies, Scotch Bonnet and new varieties like Hot Chocolate Habanero and Hungarian Hot Wax. For an easy way to get started look out for our ready-to-pick chillies in hanging pots and troughs.
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July plant of the month
Find out what plants are best to help bring butterflies into your garden this July.
How to look after your garden when the weather is dry
Follow our easy to use guide to help your garden survive even the hottest summer months.
How to look after your garden when you're on holiday
Follow our easy to use guide on how to make sure your garden stays in great condition whilst you enjoy a well earned break.
Expert lawn advice for July
Read our blog on how to care for your lawn like an expert this month.
How to look after your lawn in summer
During summer, your lawn will be actively growing and therefore needs regular feeding, watering & mowing. Find out how to maintain your lawn in summer here.
Garden furniture & accessories buying guide
Whether you’re relaxing in the garden or dining al fresco, find the perfect garden furniture to suit your needs.
BBQ buying guide
If you’re unsure whether to buy a charcoal or gas-powered BBQ, our guide will help you work out what’s right for you.