July is traditionally the time to start harvesting onions and garlic so that they can dry in the warmer weather. It is also a fab time to start crops for christmas if you didn’t start anything in June. If you have any brassica plants that need to go out, you can put them in the bed where you have just pulled up the garlics.
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Seeds to Sow in July:
During July you can continue with successional sowing of seeds, and also start new seed for harvesting in December. You could also buy seed potatoes to grow your own spuds for christmas. July is the last month to start carrot, parsnip, swede & turnip so get them in!
Outdoors (direct sow):
Most food crops can now be direct sown outdoors where you want them to grow. Why not try:
- Corn salad (lambs lettuce/mache)
- Red veined sorrel
- Mustard leaf
- Spring onion
- Pak choi
You could try growing these crops on a windowsill! Salad crops grow well in shallow trough planters – try corn salad, spinach, sorrel, rocket, mizuna, lettuce, mustard leaf, and pak choi. Radish also grow well in containers. Carrots and parsnip need long planters so that the roots have room to swell.
Flowers (direct sow):
July is also a great time to start flowers for next year – this include foxglove and hollyhocks.
Keep sowing seeds of salad crops (leaves, spring onion, radish etc) as well as carrots, parsnip, turnip throughout the summer to ensure a continual harvest. Every three weeks is a good target, or maybe set the 1st of each month as seed sowing day?
Planting Out in July:
Any beans or peas left inside can be planted out into their growing position. Pumpkins, squash and courgette can also be planted out if you haven’t done so already.
Harvesting Food in July:
Most food is ready in July! Early sowings of seed should be harvestable now.
Pea, corn salad, courgette, squash, beetroot, chard, radish, carrot, beans, spring onion, salad leaves can all be harvested in July. Why not make a super side salad using some of the crops?
If you haven’t harvested your onions and garlic yet, July is the perfect time! Wait for the stems to yellow and fall over, gently lift the crop, and then leave them to dry for a few weeks – protection from animals and rain is a must.
Early new potatoes may also be ready in July, gently dig them up and use them as baby spuds.
Seeds Sown in June:
Anything growing indoors should have grown enough with the temperatures to be planted out in July. Wait for the pumpkins and squashes to have three or four true leaves before planting them out. They will also benefit from a scoop of manure in their planting hole – you could also use blood, fish & bone.
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