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Jobs to do in July

Harvest should be bountiful and the allotment is in full swing

Now is the height of summer, the days endlessly long, temperatures usually at their peek and you should be reaping the rewards of your hard work in the preceding months. Watering in this month is crucial to stem off premature bolting, tomato blossom end rot and splitting skins.

 

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Fruit Trees & Bushes July
Fruit jobs in July

Fruit jobs in July

Pruning and training

  • Tidy up summer strawberries
  • Prune summer raspberries once they have finished fruiting
  • Prune cherries and plums once harvested
  • Apples and pears should be thinned to avoid over crowding.
  • Train in new shoots of blackberries and hybrid berries.
  • Cut back to five leaves all this years new side shoot from gooseberries, redcurrants, and whitecurrants, leaving the ones you want to develop into new branches.
  • Thin out fruit of indoor grapevines if large dessert grapes are required.

General care

  • Tidy up summer strawberries
  • Check netting on remain soft fruit.
Vegetable jobs in July

seedlings

Vegetable jobs in July

Sowing and Planting

It is getting late in the year to be sowing and plating, but there is still time for lettuces, chicory, endives plus fast growing varieties of peas, beetroot and carrots.

  • Continue sowing salad crops, such as beetroot, Chinese cabbage, pak choi and radish.
  • Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers: July is the time to sow cabbages for next spring, if space is tight sow them in temporary beds or pots, now is your last chance to plant out any Brussels Sprouts, winter cabbages, and autumn cauliflowers.
  • Last chance for peas and French beans for sowing or planting out.
  • Finish transplanting your leeks this month.
  • Continue to sow leaf vegetables like kale, Swiss chard and Oriental leaves.

General care

  • Regularly feed ridge cucumbers with a liquid tomato feed, following the instructions given.
  • Peas need staking with pea sticks, netting or pruned garden twigs.
  • Continue to earth up potatoes not ready for harvest (unless planted through black plastic).
  • Do not harvest asparagus spears from crowns less than two years old.
  • Hoe between rows on hot days to make sure weeds dry up and die without re-rooting or they will compete for moisture and nutrients. Weedkiller might kill or damage your crops as well as the weeds.
  • Water tomatoes and peppers regularly to prevent blossom end rot - a symptom of calcium deficiency due to erratic water supply.
Jobs Around the Plot in July

net fruit870

Jobs in July around the plot

Vegetable jobs to do

  • Earth up potatoes and brassicas
  • Dry out onions and garlic
  • Blanch celery and endives
  • Cover cauliflower heads
  • Spray runner beans with water to help encourage bean pods
  • Pinch out the tops of climbing beans once 4 or 5 trusses have formed
  • Feed tomatoes and peppers

General jobs

  • Keep hoeing for dear life!
  • Water well to prevent bolting on susceptible crops like lettuces, fennel, rocket and spinach
  • Net against birds to save your peas, brassicas and soft fruit.
  • Take cutting of herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme
  • Turn your compost heaps
  • Keep checking plants and water when needed.
  • Mulch: Continue to mulch using garden compost, well-rotted manure and bark chips, these will keep weeds at bay and lock in moisture too.

Shed Repairs & Maintenance

  • Check guttering etc to save valuable water!
  • Does that shed need another coat of preservative?

 

Harvesting in July

onions drying

Ready for Harvest in July

  • Onions: Onions should be reaching harvestable size this month, dig them up if ready when there is a long dry spell forecast so they can be dried outside ready for storing.
  • Oriental Mustards
  • Peas: Their pods should be filling up nicely now, pick a handful every day before they become over-large.
  • Broccoli: Harvest calbrese and individual spears of sprouting broccoli, they should continue to shoot to give you an ongoing harvest.
  • Beetroot
  • Potatoes: Second earlies should be ready to lift this month.
  • Runner Beans: Ah the first batch should be now ready!
  • Garlic
  • Dwarf French beans
  • Florence Fennel: Cut these about 2.5cm above the ground and new shoots will appear, perfect for stir fries.
  • Marrows: If you like miniature marrows pick them now
  • Courgettes should be cropping left right and centre now!
  • Shallots can be lifted when the foliage has died away.
  • Globe Artichokes: To get these at their very best pick the heads when plump and when the scale like leaves are still closed before the purple flowers appear.
  • Carrots
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Lettuces
  • Spring Onions
  • Turnips
  • Broad Beans
  • Aubergines
  • Chillies and peppers

Salad crops ready

  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Rocket
  • Spring Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Chicory

Fruit crops ready

  • Plums
  • White & Red Currents
  • Cherries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Blueberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Appricots
  • Peaches & Nectarines
  • Melons.

 

 

Sowing in July

Rainbow Chard

Seeds to Sow and things to Plant Out in July

What to Sow

  • Continue to sow beetroot, perhaps a few at the beginning of the month and a few at the end, so that in the end of September and October you should have some to harvest that are not too large.
  • Sow late sprouting broccoli seeds where you want them to grow or in a seed bed for transplanting later.
  • Carrots - Last chance to grow maincrop varieties, these will be ready in October.
  • Florence Fennel: So a few more seeds, this will give you a crop into the autumn.
  • Kohl Rabi: Sow these now and they will see you through to Christmas

Sowing Outdoors

  • Beetroot
  • Carrots in rows outdoors, keep soil moist for good germination
  • Kale
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Oriental Leaves
  • Peas
  • Winter Radishes
  • Sprouting Broccoli
  • Swiss Chard / Spinach Beet
  • Turnips

Salads crops to sow outside:

  • Chicory
  • Cucumbers
  • Endive
  • Lettuces.
  • Radishes (summer).
  • Salad Leaves
  • Spring Onions

Planting out in July

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbages (Winter)
  • Cauliflower (Autumn)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Sprouting Broccoli

 

 

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