Garden Ė Jobs July
is a very productive month in the garden. All the hard work put
in during spring now starts to pay off, with much of your fruit and
vegetables ready for harvest. Whilst itís a great month for
relaxing a little and enjoying your garden, itís also important to
keep on top of weeding, watering and pests.
Vegetable Patch in July
pick and pick some more
mid-July, a lot of your veg will be in full flow, including
cucumbers, courgette, peas, French beans, carrots, beetroot, beans,
lettuce, salad, mangetout, early tomatoes and the last few broad
your vegetables small, courgette should be about 10cm (4in) long, and
beans should be slender. Leave them too long and they become tough.
Youíve probably got plenty, so pick it all at itís best.
youíve got too many cucumbers, think about making cucumber
Itís delicious, will keep for months, and goes very well with cold
meats and cheeses.
and peas is a great way of storing any surplus for the winter months.
For the best results, always pick veg that is in good condition.
regularly to keep on top of them. Donít allow any weeds to flower
and self-seed, or youíll just have extra weeds next year.
are still lots of vegetables that you can sow in July, including
French beans, peas, lettuce, beetroot, kohl rabi, carrots, turnip,
spinach, pak choi, raddicchio, Swiss chard and radish. As soon as
space becomes free, start sowing again.
tomatoes once a week with a liquid tomato feed or comfrey tea. This
ensures they are getting all the nutrients they require to give you
the best flavoured tomatoes.
a good eye out for pests
out for pests on the leaves of your plants, and deal with them
immediately. Any broad bean plants you still have in the ground are
likely to have aphids. Get rid of the aphids either by squishing them
or spraying them. If youíve got a greenhouse, check for whitefly,
mealybugs and red spider mite.
the weather is dry, water your vegetables regularly. Plants in pots
or in the greenhouse will need watering daily. Keep runner beans
moist to encourage the flowers to set.
up tomatoes and nip out the side shoots
tomatoes will need staking and side shooting as they grow. Tie the
stem at regular intervals to a cane or stake in the ground. Remove
any side shoots from cordon tomatoes
out your leeks
you havenít done so already, transplant your leeks to their final
some of the soil away, and have a little peek at your potatoes. If
they are large enough to eat, then you can start harvesting them.
onions and garlic
the leaves of onion and garlic start yellowing and dying back, then
they are ready to lift. Lift them on a dry day and leave on the soil
to dry before storing.
you havenít done so already, transplant your winter brassicas, such
as broccoli, cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli, kale, cauliflower,
and brussel sprouts to their final positions.
Fruit Garden in July
raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, and
blueberries will be ready for picking. Pick on a warm dry day for the
best flavour. Pick regularly, as the fruits do not all ripen at the
you havenít done so already, prune
The best time to prune is just after harvesting when the trees are
still in their growing season.
your own strawberries
new plants from the runners that the plants start sending out. Any
runners that you root now will provide strawberries next year.
out apples and pears
and pear trees naturally shed some of their fruit (called the ĎJune
dropí), but further thin out so that you get fewer bigger fruit.
require lots and lots of water. Water frequently and heavily with
rainwater, particularly if they are grown in pots. You can also give
them a feed of ericaceous fertilizer.
suckers that grow between rows should be removed. If you have any
gaps in your line, then use these to fill them in.
Gardening Jobs in July
can get incredibly hot on sunny days, open the door and any vents you
have to allow cooler air to circulate.
water for the birds
your bird bath topped up for the birds. Itís thirsty work raising
chicks. If you donít have a bird bath, just put some water in a
large plant pot tray and place in the garden. The birds will find it.
the compost in your compost bin
turning of your compost keeps it well mixed and helps to aerate the
Michael Gourlay Chairman