July is the growing month and flowering, a time for managing it all.
Weed, feed, dead-head and check for pests (including roses)
Weekly doses of Tomatorite – potatoes love it !!!
Water and feed sweet peas regularly, pick the flowers every few days and remove seed pods to prolong flowering.
Tie up climbers to stakes
Water plants – ideally early in the morning and last thing in the evening
Direct sowing into well watered drills (most vegetables) – leeks, lettuce, peas, french beans, beetroot, carrots, radishes and turnips (for an autumn crop).
Pinch tops out of broad beans (they attract blackfly)
Weed everything out of the planters
Don’t forget to water the bushes – a good soaking rather than a sprinkle. Lay a thick mulch of garden compost around their base to hold in moisture.
Use strawberry runners to grow new plants
Growing in the Greenhouse
Damp down greenhouse floor every morning on hot days.
Water plants first thing in the morning, especially tomatoes but NOT chilli plants – DO NOT water at the hottest time of the day.
Consider covering the windows to stop plants from getting sun damage.
Keep pinching off side shoots of tomatoes and keep an eye open for aphids, whitefly and red spider mite.
Spuds should be ready around now.
|Week 1||Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties from cover – plant final position|
|Week 1||Shallot – harvest some for immediate use|
|Week 1||Shallot – stop watering|
|Week 2||Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties from seed bed – plant final position|
|Week 2||Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties from cover – plant final position|
|Week 2||Courgettes – begin to harvest|
|Week 2||Potatoes – plant sets for autumn harvest|
|Week 3||Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties from seed bed – plant final position|
|Week 3||Mustard – harvest seeds|
|Week 3||Onions – stop watering|
|Week 3||Peas / mangetout (maincrop) – harvest|
|Week 3||Shallot – harvest / dry out for storage|
|Week 4||Beetroot – begin to harvest|
|Week 4||Cabbage (spring) – sow (pots / temporary bed)|
|Week 4||French Beans (dwarf) – begin to harvest|
|Week 4||Sweetcorn – begin to harvest|