July: top jobs

By | July 1, 2021

Midsummer. Generally regarded as the warmest month of the year. Produce will be readily available now with early potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, turnips and a host of salad including radishes and outdoor tomatoes.

Bolting is our worst enemy. This is where plant energy is diverted into flower heads before the produce has had chance to grow, and all the plant’s energy goes into generating flowers and seeds. This has a variety of causes including lack of moisture, so remember to water well (and often).

  • Keep on top of weeds with regular hoeing.
  • Water to prevent bolting. Mulching will help.
  • Peas and brassicas should be netted to prevent bird damage.
  • Tops of climbing beans should be “pinched out”.
  • Feed tomatoes.

Lots more information and ideas at the National Allotment Society, and you could also try Gardeners World.