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Monday 3 July 2023

The Vegetable Plot – July

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Laurie Colwin

Watering the tomatoes both in and out of the greenhouse can be an easily forgotten task. They can dry out surprisingly quickly, especially if they are in grow bags. The next time you look you find limp, dying plants. Get them watered and they should revive.

But it’s also easy to overwater and when they are bearing fruit the tomatoes may split. You will have to be the judge of frequency and quantity. Feed the plants with a good liquid tomato food when the first flower trusses appear and then weekly thereafter. 

It’s time to enjoy harvesting and cooking your courgettes and beans you’ve grown alongside the garlic which should be ready. Carrots can be sown for autumn crop and earth up any early celery you planted. Feed and train cucumbers and leave shallots to ripen in the sun. You might like to sow parsley in pots you can move to a greenhouse or cold frame in the autumn.  

  • Sow quick maturing beetroot, turnips, fennel and spinach beet
  • Finish planting celery
  • Sow Chinese cabbage and spring cabbage. 
  • Lift and store autumn onions
  • Cut back mint, marjoram and tarragon to encourage fresh growth


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