July is known to be a hot and dry month so a lot of watering in the vegetable garden is necessary. Aside from this, there are many other ‘July jobs’ to be done to ensure a fruit and vegetable yield as high as possible! Here are the jobs that need doing this July;
- 1. Reduce water loss by mulching to trap the water and hoeing to break up the soil.
- 2. Sow the final seeds; you can still sow these in July
- Turnips, beetroot, carrots, chicory, spring cabbage and radishes
- 3. Plant out; broccoli, leeks and cabbage are all ready to be planted out into firm soil now
- 4. Pepper plants – should be moved into a larger pot
- 5. Tomato plants – pinch out side shoots and feed them with a fertiliser such as Tomorite once a week. Also remove leaves underneath the first fruit to avoid disease. Ensure that when you water them the moisture is spread evenly to avoid split fruit or blossom rot.
- 6. Aubergine plants – get rid of the growing tip after you count around 5 fruits to allow them to put their energy into this.
- 7. Courgette plants– also get rid of the growing tip. Picking young fruit regularly will enable more fruit to grow.
- 8. Runner beans– harvest beans regularly as this wills top them becoming stringy and will also allow new beans to develop.
- 9. Check often for disease, blackfly and butterfuly eggs and get rid of anything that you find including any dead foliage around the plants.
- 1. Give fruit plants a good soaking in any dry spells, especially those with swelling fruits such as apples.
- 2. Net around your fruit plants to deter birds.
- 3. Give the fruit trees a thinning to help give a larger yield.
- 4. Give fruit plants that are in containers an high potash feed such as Tomorite.
- 5. Prune apricot, peach, plum and cherry trees and blackcurrant bushes once you have harvested.
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