July in your garden

10 July 2015

Posted by: Katie

With the scorching start to the month, top of the list of things to do in the garden this month is to make sure that your plants are getting enough water.

This month you should be able to harvest blackcurrants and redcurrants, blueberries, gooseberries, strawberries and raspberries. Once your strawberries have finished fruiting you can take off old foliage and remove the straw, then you can cut off runners and pot them up to make new plants for next year. Once raspberries have finished, cut all the canes that bore fruit down to the ground and tie in the new green shoots for next year’s fruit.

Don’t forget you can also harvest edible flowers to add colour to your salads. The following flowers are all edible and will look good in your garden as well as giving added flavour to the plate.

  • Calendula, the pot marigold. Pull off the petals and sprinkle over salads.
  • Borage – the flowers and young leaves both have a slight cucumber taste and the flowers are good in “Pimms”.
  • Chives – you are probably used to using the leaves but the flowers are good added to salads for a light onion taste.
  • Nasturtiums. The flowers have a peppery taste so should be added to salads lightly.
  • Courgette Flowers. These are good either stuffed with cream cheese or deep fried.
  • Violas. The miniature varieties are best with a lovely delicate flavour which you can add to salads or use for decorating cakes and desserts.
  • Lavender, the flowers can be used to make a tea or they can be used in biscuits and cakes.
  • French marigold, these flowers have a spicy tang and add colour to salads and rice dishes.

This month you should be able to harvest French and Runner beans, courgettes, carrots, beetroot, onions, shallots, potatoes , summer salad, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, beetroot, broad beans Florence fennel, spinach, swiss chard and peas. You should stop harvesting rhubarb now, so that the plant can grow and be ready for winter.

It is also the time to plant out your cabbages, cauliflowers, brussel sprouts, broccoli, leeks and kale for the autumn and winter.

This month is the last chance for peas and beans, because if you plant them later the pods will not have time to develop before the first frosts. Pinch out the tops of climbing beans when they reach the top of your canes. Some people say that spraying runner bean flowers with water helps them to set and produce pods.

Keep feeding tomatoes and cucumbers regularly.

Keep earthing up potatoes where necessary and if brussel sprouts, caulis, cabbages and other brassicas seem a bit unsteady, earth up around their stems to give them more stability.

You can take cuttings of perennial and shrubby herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme.

Keep checking for pests, blackfly on beans, beetroot and artichokes. Catapillars on the underside of leaves, slugs and snails and also pigeons who like brassicas, peas and strawberries. Netting is the best solution.

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