There is so much for you to do in July, especially if you are growing fruit this year! It is one busy month for gardeners across the country and I must say one of the most enjoyable. There will be no excuses this month for avoiding the garden or allotment and here are some reasons why:
Thin out and protect your fruit crops
Plums, apples and pears can all produce a lot of fruit, but with the weight of the fruit the trees can become severely damaged. Thinning out the fruit can help the maintenance of your tree, but also improve the quality of the remaining fruit. If the branches are already feeling the strain of heavy produce it would also be a good idea to prop them up with a stick or pole.
Tend to your strawberries
Strawberries have been a popular choice especially with Wimbledon gracing our screens, but for those who have late/perpetual strawberries, now is the time to tend to them to ensure they will generate healthy and delicious fruits next year. As the season is coming to an end for the English strawberry, remove any mulch that has been acting as a protecting shield as this can encourage pests.
Plant your winter cabbages
Some winter crops can take a long time to grow, so now is a great time to plant them, especially cabbages. It is always a good idea to make sure your plot is always producing crops, so as soon as you harvest one crop replace it with another. Other winter crops to plant now would be kale, winter cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts and Chinese leaves.
Train and feed your tomatoes
Feed your tomato plants with liquid tomato fertiliser to ensure you always have the very best in tasty crops. With the help of a fertiliser, regular training, trimming and harvesting you are sure to grow some award winning plants.
There is a great deal of crops that need to be harvested; tomatoes, lettuce, courgette, broad and French beans, radish, cucumber, beetroot and many more. If you harvest regularly you will find that your crops will produce the heaviest yields possible.
• Keep omitting weeds to help your plants grow to their maximum potential.
• Make sure you don’t sow any seeds when temperatures are high as this could result in crops bolting.
• Tie in new shoots from cane fruit and prune apples and pears.
• Keep an eye on your hanging baskets, in high temperatures hanging baskets can try out very easily.