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Gardening Growing Guide for July

You never quite know what July is going to be in relation to the weather. Often it is a very wet month, and if it is the weeds grow at speed. If it is a dry month, hoeing and mulching have to be attended to. This is a good month to make a start on a new compost heap. Lawn mowings, the old leaves of plants and hedge clippings can all be added.

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Globe Artichokes
– Those that are being grown to be used for chards may now be cut down.

French Beans
– Make a sowing the first week of the month for a crop in late September.

Beetroot
-Boltardy is a firm favourite and can still be sown in July.

Broccoli
– Put out any plants that are ready on to ground that is prepared.

Cabbage
– Make a sowing of Spring Cabbage seed about the third week of the month.

Cardoons
– Give the strongest growers some support. Water freely and give a liquid manure once a week.

Carrots
– Make another sowing of an early variety for pulling young in the autumn.

Cauliflowers
– Plant out the late sowings if necessary.

Celery
– Plantings may be made, if not carried out last month, either in trenches or on the flat.

Cucumbers
– Attend to these regularly with watering.

Endive
– Make another sowing.

Leeks
– Plant out a good batch on flat ground, using a dibber. Plant deeply, leaving the hole open. Watch Video

Onions
– Harvest, use or store.

Potatoes
– Harvest, use or store the first and second early varieties.
– Earth up the late varieties.

Parsley
– Make a sowing outdoors for winter use.

Peas
– Hoe the rows regularly. Continue to mulch if necessary and water if dry.

Radishes
– Make further sowings successionally.

Rocket
– Sowing now and you can still get a harvest before the frosts of Autumn arrive.

Shallots
– Harvest, use or store.

Spinach
– Make a sowing for autumn and winter use on well-drained firm land. Hoe regularly. Spinach beet may also be sown.

Tomatoes
– Tie and remove any side-shoots regularly.

Turnips
– Make further sowings once a fortnight, thinning out the seedlings regularly.

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