July in the wet wet wet veg patch


Myself and Kay Synott in the garden she designed for The Volvo Ocean race with some of our raised beds

SOME NEW AND ONGOING JOBS

Water plots, beds and containers in dry weather ( Good one). Containers may need watering every day in very dry warm weather. Best done in the evening

Feed container grown plants once a week from the 2nd week of the month
Feed hungry plants such as courgettes once a week
Mulch plants if possible
Start removing side shoots and tips of outdoor grown tomatoes
Remove growing tips of trailing courgettes and marrows
Continue staking plants where necessary
If slugs and snails are a problem apply a slug killer to the soil as early as possible. This July have to be re-applied especially after rain.
Keep a look out for pests and diseases and treat as necessary
Continue to thin seedlings
Continue earthing up potatoes
Hoe or hand weed regularly
Continue sowing crops such as Carrots, Radish and Lettuce to ensure a continuous supply of crops throughout the season , also keep sowing Beetroot, Calabrese,  Chard, Endive, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Leaf Beet,  Peas,  Spinach Spring Onions, Turnips

HARVESTING VEGETABLES
Continue harvesting broad beans, climbing, French and runner beans, beetroot, sprouting broccoli, summer cabbage, summer cauliflower, carrots, chard, endive, leaf beet, early lettuce, parsley, peas, early potatoes, radish, spinach, spring onions, turnips

Start harvesting globe artichokes, courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, Kohl Rabi, peppers, maincrop onions (sets), shallots (sets), squash, tomatoes
If you have a surplus which happens, freeze or otherwise preserve excess crops (click the brilliant link below for good information)
Freezing is a really good way to store and keep the nutrients in your fresh vegetables if you are stuufed to the gills already. This site that I have suggested has some good practical information.
http://www.allotment.org.uk/allotment_foods/Storing_the_Surplus_Freezing.php

Enjoy