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Things to do in the garden in July

Date Posted: 01 July 2013

July is the month when we should be rewarded with fresh vegetables and ripening fruit, it can be one of hottest months so sit back, relax and take time to enjoy your garden, but if you can't sit still there are plenty of

jobs you can do now in July

General Jobs
  • Weeding is an ongoing but necessary task either Hoe, ideally on a warm dry day or remove by hand as soon as possible, putting them in the Compost Bin (except for perennial and deep rooted weeds), weeds compete with plants for water and nutrients and if left to grow can create an unhealthy damp atmosphere around crops. Water your Compost Bins in dry weather.
  • Continue to collect rainwater in Water Butts.
  • Be extra vigilant Slugs and Snails love damp weather and will devour most of your crops faster than you can. Protect plantsSlug Gone 3.5 Litre with environmentally friendly Slug Gone or add Copper Tape to Containers, Pots and Raised Beds.
  • Protect Brassicas, Lettuce and other susceptible crops from Insects, Birds and Rabbits with Enviromesh.
  • Treat crops with Garlic Wonder Rabitof Concentrate to deter larger pests such as Rabbits, Deer, Crows and Pigeons, it can also help crops to resist and recover from fungal diseases and aids the plants natural resistance to insects.
  • Check containers and hanging baskets and water daily if necessary.
  • Plant a Jubilee Tree (Fruit, Nut, or a variety beneficial to Wildlife).
  • After harvesting crops tidy up and remove any leaf debris etc and recycle in the Compost Bin, if left it can harbour pests and diseases, then fork over incorporating Chicken Poo (a general slow release fertiliser) ready for your next crop.
  • Continue to tie in Sunflower plants as they grow and protect from Slugs and Snails with Slug Gone
Fruit
  • Place straw under Strawberry plants and peg down Strawberry runners if you want new plants.
  • Once your crop of Strawberries has finished, clip off all the leaves and weed the bed (put waste in the Compost Bin) sprinkle with Chicken Poo (a general slow release fertiliser) and water well.
  • Cover soft fruits with Netting or Fruit Cages to prevent birds eating your crop especially ripening Plums and Cherries.
  • Give Pot grown fruit trees a high potash liquid feed and keep watered in dry weather, pull off suckers that appear at the base of trees.
  • Support heavily laden fruit trees and bushes to prevent the branches breaking.
  • Thin out small, damaged and infected fruits from apple trees to give more growing room for the remaining fruits.
  • Spray fruit plants with EM Fruit Care a Microbial foliar spray to boost fruit yield and protect against pests and disease.
Vegetables
  • Water vegetables regularly especially in dry weather, this aids healthy growth, and helps to avoid diseases, disorders and bolting.
  • Sow Spring Cabbage, Maincrop Turnips, Oriental Vegetables, Chicory, Fennel, and Autumn/Winter Salads.
  • Make a sowing of Runner Beans and an Early Variety of Pea by the end of the month to give a late crop.
  • Pinch out the growing tips of Broad Beans. Potato Growing Bags (Pack of 2) - 69 Litre
  • Make a final sowing of Chard this month for Autumn/Winter cropping.
  • Plant second cropping potatoes to give you home grown new potatoes at Christmas, plant in growing bags or large pots so that they can be brought inside before the first frosts.
  • Bend over the outer leaves of cauliflowers to protect the curd from sunlight.
  • Continue to feed your Tomatoes, Cucumber and Peppers and tie in as they grow, remove any withered or yellow leaves to prevent disease and also lower leaves of tomatoes to allow air to circulate, water tomatoes regulary to prevent bossom end rot.
  • Remove side shoots on cordon varieties (these grow between the stem and the leaf axis) and pinch out the growing tip after the fourth truss of tomatoes.
  • Remove any 'premature' flower heads that appear on your onions.
  • Grow shop bought Watercress Stems in containers.
  • Continue to sow summer salad crops of Rocket, Lettuce, Radish, Spring Onion every couple of weeks for a continuous supply.
  • Transplant Cabbages, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower and Kale plants in rows in their final positions in firm, organically rich and limed soil and protect from pests (insects, birds, rabbits) with Enviromesh.
  • Plant out Leeks into 15cm holes made with a dibber and fill the hole with water, you do not need to fill the hole with soil.
  • Thin out later sowings of  Carrots when they start to form roots pulling out alternate ones and repeat as the Carrots grow, eat any that you pull out that are large enough. Re-cover with Enviromesh to protect from Carrot root fly.
  • Feed vegetables with EM Vegetable Care to increase vegetable quality, size, taste and yield and provide foliar protection against pests and diseases.
 
 In the Greenhouse / Polytunnel / On your Windowsill / In the Propagator
  • Continue to feed your Tomatoes, Cucumber and Peppers and tie in as they grow, remove any withered or yellow leaves to prevent disease and also lower leaves of tomatoes to allow air to circulate, water tomatoes regulary to prevent bossom end rot.
  • Remove side shoots on cordon varieties (these grow between the stem and the leaf axis), pinch out the growing tip when your plants reach the top of the greenhouse or after the fourth truss of fruit
  • Water plants in the greenhouse when cool (morning/evening) avoiding the middle of the day as water can scorch leaves.
  • Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days to allow the air to circulate and allow pollinating insects access, in hot weather ‘water’ the greenhouse floor to increase moisture levels, consider adding shading if the weather is hot.
  • Continue sowing Herbs Seeds to replace any exhausted plants.
 Harvest
  • Pick Cherries, Currants, Strawberries, Raspberries and Gooseberries.
  • Once the leaves of Garlic and Shallots turn yellow they can be lifted and dried in the sun or indoors if the weather is wet.
  • Pick Courgettes when small to ensure a continuous crop.
  • Regularly pick Runner/French Beans before they become stringy and to encourage more to form.
  • You should be able to pick your first ripe tomatoes if the weather has been warm and sunny.
  • Continue to harvest New/First Early potatoes, Second Early potatoes should be ready to harvest too once the flowers open or the buds drop, use a Potato Scoop to prevent damaging the potatoes.
  • Harvest Peas regularly as soon as they are ready and whilst they are super sweet.
  • Carrots can be harvested but replace protective netting.
  • Pick Summer Cabbage from sowings in late winter.
  • Start to pick Beetroot and Early Turnips when they reach golf ball size.
  • Broad Beans, delicious picked when young and tender.
  • Regularly pick Spinach leaves when young to encourage more to grow.
  • Continue harvesting Salad Leaves, Spring Onions, Radishes and Herbs, if you have a glut of herbs they can be dried or frozen for use later on.
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