Jobs for the Month

July 2022

By July you should have most of your crops already sown or planted. However there are still, some succession crops that can be sown such as beetroot, lettuce and herbs.  Some crops can be harvested including early potatoes, broad beans, peas, garlic and onions.

Vegetables

  • Harvest early potatoes when the flowers die down. Also continue to earth up maincrop potatoes to prevent tubers turning green.
  • Pull up garlic plants and onions when tops start to die down. Place bulbs in sun to dry out for two weeks.
  • Harvest broad beans and peas.
  • Harvest courgettes regularly to prevent them developing into marrows.
  • Pick lettuce, radish, carrot and beetroot when they reach required size.
  • Continue to pinch out side-shoots on cordon tomatoes and tie in plants to supports.
  • Feed tomatoes with a high potash fertilizer once the first fruits begin to set.
  • Plant out sweet corn in blocks to aid wind pollination.
  • Ensure runner beans are climbing up poles/frame, tying in if required.
  • Successionally, sow spinach, beetroot, lettuce, rocket basil
  • Plant out any remaining greenhouse-grown plants such as sweetcorn, leeks, squash, cabbage, broccoli and any other brassica plants.
  • Inspect brassica plants for caterpillars and pick off to prevent excessive damage

Fruit

  • Continue to harvest strawberries as they ripen.
  • Peg out strawberry runners into pots of compost/earth to produce a new strawberry plant for planting out next year.
  • Pick any remaining blackcurrants and redcurrants
  • Harvest any remaining gooseberries
  • Pick raspberries and, later in the month, the first blackberries may be ripe.
  • Continue to check plum trees and thin the fruits to prevent mildew spreading and over laden branches breaking.

Flowers

  • Pick flowers for decorating the house as they bloom.
  • Regularly dead head flowers once they finish flowering unless you wish to keep the seeds

General

  • Water plants that require it – see Watering Guidelines page for advice
  • Continue to hand-weed or hoe regularly to keep on top of weeds.
  • Continue to mow or clip grass paths weekly.
  • Regularly add waste clippings and other organic matter to the compost heap
  • Continue to cut comfrey every 4 to 6 weeks and make a comfrey “tea” for an excellent liquid feed to ripening crops.

Gardening for wildlife

For general tips on wildlife gardening follow this link

  • Leave some wild patches (e.g. nettles, rotting branches) for insects, butterflies and other wildlife to hide and lay eggs in.
  • Remember to top up any water supplies on your plot (e.g. pond or open bucket so that birds can take a drink in the hot weather.