July is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Keep plants looking good, get ready and start growing some flowers to bloom in winter or some veggies you can taste by late summer and autumn. Make sure you keep new plants well watered!
Check out this easy guide to know which flowers you cant start sowing and what plants are best to grow from seed or to plant. Enjoy your summer!
Source: Thompson & Morgan
In the greenhouse / indoors
- Now is an ideal time to sow the seed of spring-flowering perennials in seed trays of good quality compost. Try Aquilegia, Bellis, Delphinium and Lupin.
- Sow summer-flowering perennials such as Scabiosa, Achillea, Echinacea and Geranium.
- Sow winter-flowering pansies in the greenhouse now to prepare for your winter containers.
- For flowers that bridge the gap between spring and summer try growing biennials such as Forget-me-not, Foxgloves, Sweet William and Wallflowers for flowering next year.
Fruit & Vegetables
In the greenhouse / indoors
- Sow gherkins indoors by early July, for transplanting outside later. Pick the fruits when small. Expect to start harvesting in late summer.
Direct sow outdoors
- Sow some Basil in pots to keep on your patio and to bring indoors for the winter.
- Make your last direct sowings of beetroot now so they mature in time for autumn.
- There is still time to direct sow fast-maturing carrots such as ‘Nantes Frubund’, ‘Adelaide’ and ‘Amsterdam Forcing’.
- Sow fast-growing herbs such as coriander, dill, and parsley directly into the ground or into containers.
- Sow hardy corn salad and land cress directly into drills for crops throughout autumn and winter.
- Direct sow Endive for a tasty autumn crop.
- Make more sowings of French beans and Runner beans if space allows – this will extend your cropping season well into the autumn. Direct sow or start them off in small pots. Expect to start harvesting in late August.
- For something more unusual try growing kohl rabi – direct sow it now and it will be ready in as little as 8 weeks.
- Direct sow lettuce seeds every three weeks to ensure a continuous supply.
- Now is an ideal time to start your first direct sown crops of Pak Choi as they are prone to bolting if grown before midsummer.
- Make your last sowings of peas outdoors now so that they develop before the frosts.
- Perpetual Spinach can be direct sown for autumn and winter cropping.
- Add colour to your stir-fries with Raddichio. Seeds can be sown directly into the soil now.
- Make small direct sowings of radishes every few weeks to ensure a constant supply. Be sure to water frequently in hot weather. Expect to start harvesting within a month.
- Direct sow salad leaves regularly throughout the summer. Pick the leaves when small and remove any spent plants. Expect to start harvesting in three weeks.
- Spring cabbages such as ‘Pyramid’ and ‘Durham Early’ should be sown now in a well prepared seed bed for transplanting later.
- Continue to sow spring onions in drills outdoors for a quick crop to add to salads and stir fries.
- Add some colour to your plot by direct sowing Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’. This will over-winter to give a bumper crop in the spring.
- Direct sow turnips 1cm deep. Thin seedlings to 15cm apart and keep moist. Expect to start harvesting in 60 days.
- Plant out sprouting broccoli, spacing the plants 60cm (2ft) apart. Calabrese plants can be spaced closer together at 30cm (1ft) apart.
- Plant out winter cabbages now, allowing about 45cm between plants as they get quite big!
- Plant out winter vegetables such as hardy cauliflowers, kale and leeks now.
- Plant out Brussels Sprouts early this month.
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