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Gardening Diary July

Gardening Diary July

July - an overview

Any long dry spells water the crops that need it most. This is usually seedlings as most vegetables will be too big to justify hand watering. Restrict watering to the evening and give the ground a good soaking as little water will do more harm than good.

Broad BeanHarvesting vegetables from spring sowing should begin in earnest during the month, with plants such as peas, broad beans, courgettes, cabbage and turnip.

Potato Early potatoes planted mid March should now be ready, it's worth digging up a few and leaving the rest in ground to continue to grow if the haulm is still on the plant.

Garlic that was planted last October November should be ready at the start of this month.

LeeksLeeks that were sown indoors in February - March should be planted out when there is space in the garden. You make a hole with a dibber, drop the leek into the hole and water in.

CauliflowerCabbage and cauliflower that were sown indoors in February March should be ready. If you have a number of cauliflower plants pick as early as possible, when the curds are small as they will "blow" - the curd starts to bolt and will be useless. It's worth bending one of the outer leaves breaking it at the stem, and covering the curd to protect from the sun.

Watch for any onions that are bolting: a single straight stem appears which will eventually host the flower. If any are seen pull up straight away and use in the kitchen using the outer of the onion removing the central woody stem.

Runner BeanRunner beans will need to be supported, use 6ft canes for each plant to go up. Peas will also need some form of support; old sticks can be placed in the ground for support. Broad beans depending on the variety may need supporting, usually a stick at the end of each row with string tied round.

Check perennial plants such as asparagus and globe artichoke. With asparagus, once it is established which can take a few years you can pick a few asparagus from each plant over the course of 6 weeks, June/July, after that you stop so the plant can rebuild for the following year. Globe artichokes should be ready for cutting at the end of the month, and surplus leave to flower as attracts pollinating insects.

ComfreyAdd Comfrey leaves to rain butts to make liquid fertilizer.

By mid July the strawberries should have finished and will be putting runners out, unless you want new plants cut these off. Any plants older than four years, it is worth putting new plants in. Black currants red currants and gooseberry should still be producing fruit. Summer raspberries will be starting to fruit this month.

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