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Friday 29 June 2012

The Vegetable Plot - JULY

Keep feeding plants in growth and thin seedlings sown last month for succession.

As last month, you can make successional sowings of lettuce, endive and summer spinach. Sow in shadier places or they are likely to bolt in the heat. 

Look out for any tomato disorders and shade the greenhouse. Avoid splashing the fruit when watering. Harvest shallots when the leaves turn yellow. Garlic can be dug up as soon as the tips colour. 

During the month you can plant celery from late sowings. Plant out winter greens as you clear crops of potatoes and dwarf peas. Water as required if it’s a dry month. 

Plant March-sown leeks. Feed and train outdoor tomatoes, watering frequently in dry weather. As fruits swell, spread a layer of well-rotted manure or compost round the plants. 

A first sowing of spring cabbage can be made and another in early August. Globe artichokes should be ready for cutting and you should be harvesting broad beans, French beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, marrows...
  • Damp down in the greenhouse but avoid spraying the plants, shade if necessary
  • Pot on greenhouse plants such as spring cuttings of pelargoniums
  • Tend tomatoes
  • Feed and train cucumbers
  • Grow herbs in open, sunny spaces
  • Sow carrots
  • Gather herbs for winter use
  • Peg down strawberry runners
  • Mulch and spray runner beans
  • Lift and store onions
  • Sow parsley for autumn

 Gardener’s notes:
Crops in season include globe artichoke, beetroot, broad beans, French beans, runner beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, marrows, mustard and cress, onions, peas, early potatoes, radish, spinach, turnips
Fruit including apples, black currants, red currants, gooseberries, loganberries, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries

Under glass: cucumbers, tomatoes, apricots, grapes, nectarines

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