Jobs on Your Plot for July
Sow spring cabbage, turnips, Oriental vegetables, chicory, fennel, and autumn/winter salads.
Carrots can still be sown, but beware of carrot fly when thinning existing seedlings.
Last chance to sow French beans and runner beans
Finish planting out leeks and brassicas for a winter supply
Continue training fan-
If necessary, prune cherries straight after harvest.
Complete summer pruning of gooseberries , redcurrants and white currants.
Summer prune kiwi fruit if not done last month.
Check plants regularly for aphids. Squash before they spread
Watch out for potato blight and tomato blight. You can’t help the rain but avoid the foliage when you are watering.
Look out for asparagus beetle.
Keep an early eye out for the sunken brown patches of blossom end rot on tomatoes. Keep watering regular.
Deal with woolly aphid, plum rust, pear leaf blister mite and pear rust.
Check tree ties as tree trunk girth increases.
Water cranberries, loganberries and blueberries regularly with rainwater. Tap water will do when butts run dry.
Pollinate female indoor melon flowers, then pinch out 2cm (0.75in) beyond the flower.
Pinch out the growing point of outdoor melons twice, at four-
Water and feed outdoor melons regularly once established.
Pull off suckers appearing around the base of fruit trees.
Give regular liquid feeds to plants growing in containers.
Don't forget to stop cordon tomatoes by removing the main shoot. Look for the leaf that's above the fourth truss (set of developing fruit) and cut it off here. This should ensure that all the fruits ripen by the end of the season. Bush tomatoes can be left to their own devices.
Climbing beans may also need stopping, to maximise cropping on existing side-
Beans need sufficient watering to help the seed pods set.
Check climbing vegetables are securely tied to supports.
Earth up non self-
Check early potatoes for a first crop.
Plant a few potatoes for Christmas -