July is the perfect growing month, as long, warm days stretch out late into the evening. With vegetable gardens full of produce and borders at their peak, you’ll be busy watering, monitoring for pests and keeping on top of weeds. If you’re planning a holiday, invest in an irrigation system to look after fruit, flowers and veg while you’re away.
Here’s what you should be sowing and growing in July:
• 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 grow kohl rabi - direct sow it now for a crop in approximately 8 weeks.
• Continue to direct sow lettuce seeds every three weeks for a continuous supply.
• July is the perfect time to start your first direct sown crops of pak choi as they’re prone to bolting if grown before midsummer.
• Make your last sowings of peas outdoors now so that they develop before the frosts.