What to do in July – 2

This month for me so far on the allotment has been a little disappointing.  I had a severe attack of onion fly that wiped out all of my March sown onions, (post to follow about that soon), theft of items from my plot that included potted plants and garden materials, as well as plants not progressing as well as expected.  Still,  I refuse to let the thieves or pests get the better of me.  I will persevere and plod on regardless. So here are some of the jobs that I can be getting on with on my plot this month.

Jobs to do………in July

  • Ventilate the greenhouse, dampening down the floors to help control the heat.
  • If you haven’t done so already, transplant winter brassicas.
  • Water crops regularly now.  This is the time when crops rely on their water supply to swell most vegetables.
  • Keep on top of pest control.  The warmer humid weather encourages a vast amount of pests.
  • Don’t let the hoe sit idle.  Weeds are best dealt with on a sunny day so that they die in the sun.
  • Continue to encourage beans and peas to climb around their supports, pinching out the tops when they have reached the top of their supports.  This encourages flower and fruit production rather than leafy growth.
  • Thin herb seedlings and transplant the thinnings elsewhere.
  • Harvest and dry a wide variety of fresh herbs to use later in the season.
  • Stop tomatoes from producing more growth when at least 4 trusses of tomatoes have appeared.
  • Keep harvesting your vegetables to encourage production. In some cases, the more you pick the more you get!
  • Avoid thinning carrots during the day to prevent carrot root fly.
  • Cover the curds of cauliflowers to prevent from sun scorch.
  • Continue planting both plants and seeds to fill in any gaps.
  • Keep adding both green and brown waste to the compost heap, turning regularly.
  • Peg down the runners of strawberries to produce new plants for next year
  • Continue to feed all plants, especially tomatoes and peppers.
  • Make your own liquid fertilisers using nettles or comfrey leaves.
  • Continue to thin seedlings to allow room for crops to grow successfully.
  • Continue to sow catch crops such as radish or gem lettuce.

What to sow………Indoors

  • Spring Onion
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Kale
  • Autumn and Winter salads
  • Spring Cabbages
  • Calabrese
  • French beans
  • Runner beans
  • Spinach
  • Radish

What to sow………Outdoors

  • Beetroot
  • Calabrese
  • Early Carrots
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • French Beans
  • Kale
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Lettuce
  • Pak Choi
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Runner Beans
  • Spring Onion
  • Turnips

What to plant………in July

  • Winter Brassicas
  • Leeks
  • Chives
  • Courgettes
  • Kale
  • Marrow
  • Oregano
  • Pak Choi
  • Kohl rabi
  • Lettuces
  • Peas
  • Runner Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouting broccoli
  • Sweetcorn

Crops in season now

  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Potatoes
  • Spring onions
  • Lettuces
  • Chard
  • Radish
  • Kale
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Shallots
  • Courgettes
  • Broad Beans
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Onions

Happy sowin’

Debb

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6 Responses to What to do in July – 2

  1. princessines says:

    wow…i’m so glad you left a comment in my blog so I could find this lovely blog of yours…question, what’s the difference between sowing and planting? For example, I was thinking of growing kale and it seems to appear in at least 3 of your lists…so do I sow it in or out?, do I plant in in or out.?..lol…please help…complete beginner here…thanks

    • Thanks for your comment. When I refer to sowing I generally mean the actual process of sowing seeds either in the soil or in modules. Planting refers to taking the small grown plants and transplanting those in the ground. I prefer to start my seeds off in modules in the greenhouse and plants the transplants when they are a decent size. You can also sow the seed direct in the soil in a nursery bed ( area of soil dedicated to starting seeds off before transplanting to their final location) and transplant to their final position later on. Kale is a brassica and would need to be protected from the butterflies that produce the caterpillars, but also pigeons and other hungry birds so positioning underneath some netting would be advisable. Hope that helps. Debb.

  2. Michele says:

    I am so sorry that you have had some setbacks, especially the thefts. While gardeners expect nature to kick us in the teeth occasionally, the human destruction or loss is especially hurtful. I want to thank you for these “What to do in …” posts. I always learn something. It is as though I am walking with you through your garden and you are teaching me the little things that you just can’t seem to get from books or articles. Thanks for taking the time to share your gardening expertise with the world.

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