My planned activities for this month - July

Activity Comment
Weed and De-runner Strawberries 06-07-16: Completed all Strawberry beds
Feed Greenhouse plants weekly  
Keep on top of general weeding  
Plant out Leeks 07-07-16: planted out leeks (72) in Bed 2
Cut Grass paths weekly 04-07-16
Add Epsom Salts to Raspberries  
 

July Allotment Blog 2016

25th July

Another very hot morning at the allotment. I started by cutting the foliage off of my 2nd Early Potatoes "Charlotte" ready for harvesting later in the season. Finally I gave the beds a good water and returned home to wait for a delivery.

23rd July

 A Tomato Harvest

Another very hot morning and because of this I made it a short visit to the allotment. My first task was to cut the grass paths around my plots. Next I harvested some Tomatoes, and other salad crops for lunch. Finally I gave the greenhouses a good water and also several of my out side beds. I then returned home for lunch. The image shows my Tomato harvest.

21st July

 Peas and Anya Potatoes Harvested

It was a little cooler at the allotment this morning. I started by harvesting the last of my Peas, which were then taken home, Shelled, Blanched and Frozen, for use later in the year. The next job was to harvest the rest of my Second Early Potatoes "Anya" Which again were placed into a storage sack and taken home to use as required. The image shows the Peas and Anya Potatoes. Finally I harvested the first of my Runner Beans which were just sufficient for two portions which we ate for lunch. There is still lots to do so I hope to get to the allotment tomorrow.

18th July

 Cleared behind the shed to give room to build storage containers

A very hot morning at the allotment today with just a light breeze. I spent most of my time clearing and sorting out items that had been dumped behind the shed. This is illustrated by the image in this section. It has now been cleared ready for me to build a small covered container to hold some of my Allotment materials like Netting, Fleece, and odds and sods, that take up too much room in the sheds. Next I harvested the rest of my early potatoes that were growing in containers. It was then time to return home for Lunch . I hope to get back to the allotment this evening to water the beds.

16th July

 Debris netting used to shade greenhouse.

Started this morning by weeding several of my beds including Bed 5 where the sweetcorn, beetroot, and Parsnips were growing, and Bed 4 The Brassicas bed. The greenhouse was then covered with Debris netting to give it some shade. See image. Finally I harvested a selection of crops before returning home for lunch.

14th July

 Raised Strawnerry Bed Being Straightened

Another hot morning at the allotment. I spent most of my time straightening the raised bed used to grow the Strawberries. I dug out one side of the earth and managed to push back the wooded side and secured it in place by adding a stake driven into the ground. Next I trimmed back the Strawberry plants removing any runners and leaving just the crowns intact. Finally I harvested some crops before returning home for lunch

12th July

Just a quick visit to the allotment this morning. My first task was to wrap my wife’s presents up ready for her 70th birthday tomorrow as I could not find any where else to do it with out being found out. After completing the task I gave the beds a good water before returning home for lunch.

7th July

 Leek planted

A great morning at the allotment today. The sun was shining and warm without any wind. My first task was to plant out my leeks that had been started off in the seed bed, I managed to plant 72 in bed two were I had removed the first lot of peas. See image showing the leek bed. I then spent the rest of my time clearing up my 2nd shed that was looking like a bomb had hit it. I finally picked some more courgettes before returning home for lunch.

6th July

 Strawberry plants cutback and weeded

A good morning at the allotment the sun was shining and it was rather warm. I spent most of my time this morning removing the runners from my strawberry beds, cutting the plants back to just retain the crown of the plants. I then weeded and turned over the bed to help any rain penetrate the earth. This can be seen in the image. I then removed the netting and hoops from the beds. Next I watered the tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse. Finally I harvested the last of the Strawberries some lettuce and spring onions before returning home for lunch. I hope to get back to the allotment tonight to give all my beds a good water.

4th July

 Grass Paths cut

A great morning at the allotment today. The sun was shining and warm with a slight breeze. My first task was to compost my grass cuttings and weeds from home. I needed another compost bin which my neighbour loaned me. I then strimmed and mowed the grass paths around my two plots see image. Next I gave the Brassicas plants a good water, as they looked a bit sorry for themselves. I than tided up the area were I removed my first lot of peas ready for planting out my leek plants. I spent the rest of my time clearing up the shed that was looking a right mess. I then returned home for lunch.

3rd July

 Garlic Drying

Just a short visit to the allotment this Sunday morning. My wife joined me at the allotment to harvest some crops. We started by harvesting the Tomatoes in the greenhouse as illustrated by the large image at the top of this page. Next we harvested which looks like the last of our strawberries, so I may remove the protection netting on my next visit. We then harvested the last of the first three rows of peas that were planted out from the first lot of the guttering sown peas. Finally I pulled up the Garlic that was grown in one of my wicking containers, as It was suffering from Rust. This is the first year my Garlic was not affected by root rot so I will grow them again in new compost in a container. The image shows the Garlic drying out in the greenhouse ready for storage. We then pulled a few weeds before returning home for lunch.

July

What needs doing this month

Fruit:

  • Pick soft fruits
  • Summer prune trees grown in restricted form
  • Support heavy cropping branches of apples, pears and plums.
  • Spray apples, pears, blackberries, loganberries, plums and damsons.
  • Complete thinning apple and pear fruits.
  • Check that ties on trained trees are not too tight
  • Train in new blackberry and loganberry shoots
  • Check weeds around trees and bushes growing in cultivated soil.
  • Pick black currant fruit and prune bushes.
  • Destroy bushes infected with reversion virus.
  • Tie in replacement shoots on peaches and nectarines.
  • Protect peaches against birds, wasps and earwigs.
  • Support heavy laden plum branches.
  • Prune trees after picking.
  • Pick raspberries, cut down old canes and remove weak new shoots. Tie in new shoots and control weeds.
  • Tidy up strawberry beds and discard plants that have given three crops.
  • Continue summer pruning of vines.

Vegetables:

  • Clear away any early crops that have finished to make room for catch crops of Carrots or Beetroot.
  • Sow an early maturing Pea such as Meteor or Kelvedon Wonder to catch a late crop of Peas.
  • Sow late Savoy Cabbage. Sow thinly where the plants are to mature and thin to 5" apart later.
  • Plant winter Cabbage such as January King. This is probably the latest you can do this to achieve a winter crop.
  • The same goes for autumn headed Cauliflowers and Broccoli.
  • Keep Celery well watered. It will run to seed if allowed to go dry.
  • Spray Main crop Potatoes against Blight with a copper based fungicide.
  • Continue to pinch out sides hoots of tomatoes.
  • Earth up around sweet corn to encourage basal shoots and ensure that the plants are kept well watered.
  • Feed Onions and keep the beds well hoed. 
  • Sow Endive for autumn and winter use.
  • Sow Spinach Beet and Sea-kale for use over winter.
  • Mulch French and Runner beans to conserve moisture.
  • Regularly water plants in frames to ensure that they do not dry out.
  • Sow Spinach to ensure a regular supply.
  • Sow more Lettuce, Radish and salad Onions for succession.
  • Pick courgettes while they are young. This will encourage more fruits to form.
  • Keep an eye on Brassicas for the eggs of Cabbage White Butterfly. Squash the eggs on the underside of plants before they do any damage or spray with Derris.
  • Spray Celery with a combined fungicide/insecticide against Leaf spot disease and Celery fly.
  • Spray Runner Beans daily to assist the setting of their flowers. Continue to water freely.
  • Sow Turnips for a succession.
  • Continue to pick young courgettes to ensure crop succession. If you are growing a marrow for size, remove all new flowers and fruits to ensure maximum growth.
  • The planting of sprouting Broccoli and Kale should be completed as soon as possible.
  • Cucumbers in frames should be fed once a week and kept well watered.
  • Feed Onions for the last time.
  • Lift Shallots and Garlic and dry in the sun.

Herbs

  • Make further sowing of chervil, dill and parsley.
  • Harvest herbs just before they come into full bloom.
  • Dry herbs in an airing cupboard.
  • Cut lavender for drying and storing.

Greenhouse:

  • Careful ventilation is essential to control greenhouse temperatures
  • Put up permanent shading
  • Water as and when necessary
  • Check for pests and diseases
  • Service heaters ready for next year
  • Water and feed plants as necessary
  • Train tomatoes, cucumbers and melons
  • Thin grapes
  • Feed and water all fruit
  • Harvest ripe fruit
  • Select strawberry runners for forcing next year.

General:

  • Cut grass paths
  • check plant supports for movement
  • Keep weeds down by hoeing
  • watch for slugs and pests