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5 July 2013

July Tasks for the Vegetable Gardener

You should be kept busy in July harvesting some of the crops planted earlier in the year, but there is still time to sow a few more. You will also be spending time watering regularly if the weather behaves as it should.

The following vegetables should be ready for harvesting this month - carrots, potatoes, beetroot, onions, garlic, peas, beans, spinach, cabbage, chicory, lettuce and globe artichokes.

The following is a list of some of the plants that can be sown this month:-

Beetroot - early and maincrop

Carrots - but beware of carrot fly

Cauliflower - until early July

Chicory

Fennel

French beans

Lettuce - various types

Pak choi

Peas - maincrop, mangetout and sugarsnap until the end of the month

Spinach

Spring Cabbage

Swiss Chard

Turnips

Winter salads

General maintenance jobs for July will include:-

Weeding - hoe off weeds in dry weather so that they don't re-root.

Watering - give your vegetables a regular supply of water to help keep them healthy. Beans need enough watering to help the seed pods to set.

Stop climbing beans when they reach the top of their supports. This will help to maximise cropping on their side shoots.

Make sure that climbing vegetables are tied in to their supports.

Keep earthing-up potatoes as required. Also earth-up non self-blanching celery.

Stop cordon tomatoes once the fourth truss has set by cutting off the growing shoot above the leaf that's above the fourth truss. This will help all the fruit to ripen by the end of the season. Bush tomatoes don't need stopping.

Have a good month's gardening, but give yourself time to sit in the sun and watch your vegetables grow.

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