Coming soon... Welcome to Jobs in the garden for July.
Jobs In The Garden In July...
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. What's a marrow
Pick courgettes when little and often to encourage new growth - and discourage marrow monsters
2. Harvest, Harvest, Harvest
You've put in all of the hard work, so make sure to harvest what you have actually sown - let the crop dictate what you eat and pick little and often.
3. Sow, Sow, Sow
The scorcher that was June means you can keep succession sowing - beetroots, turnips, radishes and lettuces are all good game.
4. Runner Around
If you didn't grow Runner Beans under glass, now is time to plant direct from seed outside - water well to ensure beans in early September.
5. Water Well
If July continues like June has ended, your garden needs at least a good drink per day - early mornings or late evenings are best.
Jobs In The Garden in July - Grow Your Own Tips...
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Pots Out
Make sure any pot contained herbs are now out of your conservatory and are outside to ensure continued growth and health.
2. Don't Dilly Dally
Keep succession sowing herbs such as coriander and dill, to ensure crops throughout the Summer and into Autumn.
3. Ail Ail
Garlic should be nearing harvest time - the tops wil start to go yellow brown - pick some young (wet garlic, delicious) or leave out in the sun to dry and plait later.
4. Keep Weeding
As well as flowers and vegetables, herbs hate weeds so now os the time to keep on top of things otherwise you will have a world of weed pain in later months and years.
5. Winter Herbs
Parsley doesn't mind the cold, so sow now to ensure chef has plenty of leaves come Winter.
Top 5 Jobs - Fruit
1. Pinch Me
Make sure to pinch out side shoots on your Toms (the little ones inbetween the big ones) to encourage fruit growth and not leaf growth.
2. Stunt Growth
Also limit the height of your Toms, so that more energy goes into the fruit, by pinching out the tops of the tomato plant.
3. Net Fault
If you haven't done so yet, make sure to net any soft fruit trees or bushes, otherwise the birds will have them.
4. Shake The Trees
Sounds strange to shake fruit off your own trees but branches can get to heavily laden with fruit and thus break. Gently shake to allow weaker attached fruit to go, leaving the healthy stuff.
5. Stone The Crows
Fruits with stones (like peach, plums etc) benefit from a Summer prune - it allows air to pass through and reduces risk of Silver Leaf.