What a glorious month to spend allotmenting! There may be less planting and sowing left to be done on the July allotment but you can’t just kick back with a cold homemade lemonade yet – you can still get some salad in and you can think about transplanting some brassicas, while there’s plenty of harvest to collect.
What to grow in July: salads and vegetables
Keep the fresh salads coming this summer with successive sowing of lettuces, rocket and other salad leaves. These are quick growing and will give you a continuous supply of salads until well into autumn.
Endive and chicory can still go in and if you et some fennel seeds into the ground you should be able to harvest them before the first hard frost hits in autumn. You should also take advantage of the last days for sowing and planting out peas and French beans. Leave it too late and the early frosts will probably get to them.
Leaf vegetables can keep going in as they can stand up to autumn weather – think Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens and mizuna.
You could take a chance on some broccoli for autumn but really you’re better off concentrating on cabbages, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts. Cabbages sown now should be ready for the spring and you need to get leeks in the ground if they’ve been raised in pots or modules so far.
What to grow in July: harvesting
The July allotment is fruitful indeed, with beetroot, courgettes, cucumbers, fennel, French beans blackberries and blackcurrants, blueberries, broad beans, garlic, broccoli and globe artichokes among the fruits and veg rewarding the efforts of the previous months.
Early carrot are delicious and versatile, eaten raw in salads or with dips or lightly steamed and kohl rabi need to be pulled while small and neat – they shouldn’t exceed tennis ball size. You should be able to start lifting celery now – keep it crisp by watering before digging up.
Cherries and gooseberries are to be enjoyed at their freshest in July and some early plums, nectarines and peaches may be showing up if you have grown them in a sheltered spot. Strawberries are of course making an appearance for Wimbledon and should soon be followed by raspberries.
There should be a regular supply of fresh salad leaves if you have been diligently succession sowing and you should grab the runner beans before they get stringy. Peas and radishes should both be eaten small and sweet, while onions and shallots should also producing.