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What Can I Grow In July??

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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MutantkMutantk Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
Hi everyone, I'm new to these boards. Already do my best to cook from scratch but this forum has taught me there's so much more I can do - am so inspired by it all and thankyou all for the great posts.
The first big change for me is to start to grow my own produce - it sounds such a lovely thing to do, especially with the kids helping. Unfortunately I am not very green fingered but this is a good place to start - I wonder if anyone that is more knowledgable in the field could advise me - have I left it too late this year to grown anything? Or are there things that I could start planting now or soon? We have a reasonable size garden but very little flower beds - lots of room for pots/planter though.

Any ideas/suggestions/good places to start/tips/ANYTHING would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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  • Linda32Linda32 Forumite
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    Hi,

    I know you said that you are new here, so don't worry to much but this thread will possibly be moved to Greenfingers Moneysaving. Its abit further down the main list of forums ;)

    But not to worry all replies will still be there when it gets moved.

    I'll kick off with answering a question with a question, if you don't mind :D Its the one I always ask, What fruit and veg do you like to eat?

    Thats normally the answer to what you grow.

    Your not too late at all, infact its not a bad time to start as most veg hates frost so these not much chance of that at the moment, Oh and they like rain too :D

    Your too late for spuds at the moment, but if you wait until Sept'ish you could have new spuds for xmas dinner ;):D
  • Sharifa_2Sharifa_2 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
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    You could try lettuce and kohlrabi. I usually do Christmas potatoes from late July/early August - Dobies has some seed potatoes in stock. I recommend Carlingford.
  • There was a good guide in Saturday's Times magazine. I will try to summarise for you. mixed salad leaves ready in 2 weeks. dwarf french beans ready in 6 weeks. parsley pick from 3 weeks. lollo rosso pick in 2 weeks. dwarf borlotti beans pick in 6 weeks. chard 3 weeks. dwarf runner beans from 6 weeks till first frost. basil pick in 2-4 weeks. coriander, as basil.baby beetroot harvest in 6 weeks. All the above can be planted from now intil the end of July.
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  • There was a good guide in Saturday's Times magazine. I will try to summarise for you. mixed salad leaves ready in 2 weeks. dwarf french beans ready in 6 weeks. parsley pick from 3 weeks. lollo rosso pick in 2 weeks. dwarf borlotti beans pick in 6 weeks. chard 3 weeks. dwarf runner beans from 6 weeks till first frost. basil pick in 2-4 weeks. coriander, as basil.baby beetroot harvest in 6 weeks. All the above can be planted from now intil the end of July.

    Are these timescales from seed?
    Jane

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  • lil_melil_me Forumite
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    I would start on the green fingered board, some lovely helpful people on there
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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  • Hapless_2Hapless_2 Forumite
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    I think there are some types of carrots you can still sow, Nantes I think.
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  • DawnWDawnW Forumite
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    herbs are a good thing to start with, as they are easy to grow, enhance your cooking, and look pretty as well. Most things can be grown in containers - lettuce or other salad leaves are easy and quick growing, radishes and small carrots too. If you have big enough containers you can grow almost anything - I grew a huge butternut squash plant last year in a really big container. It had loads and loads of squashes on it, and the last one was not eaten till March. They were stored just on the kitchen window sill and kept all through the winter. The main thing to remember with container grown veg is that they need adequate feeding and watering.

  • MutantkMutantk Forumite
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    Thanks DawnW, that's really helpful, encourages me to that I CAN do it!! Just wondered, when you say to feed them, what do you use? Thanks.
    If Life Deals You a Lemon - Make Lemonade!! :j
  • ViksBViksB Forumite
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    swede, french beans, lettuce, radish can all go in now.
  • DawnWDawnW Forumite
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    Mutantk wrote: »
    Thanks DawnW, that's really helpful, encourages me to that I CAN do it!! Just wondered, when you say to feed them, what do you use? Thanks.

    liquid feed sold for tomatoes works for all fruit and veg, and lots of flowers too. The cheapest sort is as good as any. Once a week during the growing season once the plants are a good size (ie not little baby seedlings, when they are growing fast). Anyone can do it - they WANT to grow!! You will have the odd disaster, but you will always get something if you persevere. I have been doing it for 30 odd years, and some years are better for some crops than others. This year the strawberries are rubbish and the raspberries great, last year it is the other way round :confused:
    D.

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