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Monday 1 July 2013

The Vegetable Plot – July

Keep harvesting the glut of vegetables, the more you pick runner beans and courgettes the more they produce. Keep an eye on tomatoes, stop outdoor tomatoes after three trusses.

Shade tomatoes in the greenhouse, if the sun is very strong and water amply and regularly. Feed and train cucumbers.

Leave shallots to ripen in the sun, drawing soil back to expose them, then lift carefully when the leaves turn yellow. You can harvest garlic for storing as well.

Carrots can be sown for a good supply in autumn, and lettuces for a succession of supply.

  • Sow quick maturing beetroot, turnips, fennel, spinach beet, Swiss chard
  • Give mint, marjoram and tarragon a haircut to encourage new and tastier growth
  • Gather herbs for drying
  • Finish planting celery and start to earth up early celery
  • Peg down strawberry runners
  • Mulch runner beans with well-rotted manure or compost
  • Sow and thin Chinese cabbage
  • Sow spring cabbage
  • Lift and store autumn sown onions
  • Sow parsley for autumn in a sheltered place, move to a frame or greenhouse in September

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