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    Mutantk
    What Can I Grow In July??
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    • 2nd Jul 07, 7:29 PM
    What Can I Grow In July?? 2nd Jul 07 at 7:29 PM
    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!

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 03-07-2007 at 8:28 PM.
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 2nd Jul 07, 7:40 PM
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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 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

    Your too late for spuds at the moment, but if you wait until Sept'ish you could have new spuds for xmas dinner
  • Sharifa
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    • 2nd Jul 07, 7:45 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 07, 7:45 PM
    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.
  • buxtonrabbitgreen
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    • 2nd Jul 07, 8:22 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 07, 8:22 PM
    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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    • By recovering spendaholic 2nd Jul 07, 10:56 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 07, 10:56 PM
    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.
    Originally posted by buxtonrabbitgreen
    Are these timescales from seed?
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    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 3rd Jul 07, 2:18 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 2:18 AM
    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
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 8:11 AM
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    I think there are some types of carrots you can still sow, Nantes I think.
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    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 3rd Jul 07, 8:50 AM
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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.
  • Mutantk
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 9:18 AM
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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.
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    • ViksB
    • By ViksB 3rd Jul 07, 6:59 PM
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    ViksB
    swede, french beans, lettuce, radish can all go in now.
    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 3rd Jul 07, 11:41 PM
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    DawnW
    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.
    Originally posted by Mutantk
    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:
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    Welcome, mutantk! I think you'll get more answers in our greenfingered board so I'll move you over there.
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 3rd Jul 07, 11:55 PM
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    Hi,

    I thought I'd better add this, which I'd previously PM'ed since I see its been added to the weekly email


    Carrots do brilliantly in pots, I'd go for the stumpy sort. The reason they do well in pots is because they don't like stony soil, this is what makes rude veg when they hit a stone and sprout off in another direction.

    So obviously in a pot you control the compost. Grow bags are fine for this and cheap, you just tip the soil in.
    Sow in a line or circle, use your finger and make a little row about 1/2 inch deep, sprinkle your seeds thinly and pinch the row together, using your fore finger and thumb, sort of cover over. Hope that makes sense.

    Keep watered but don't feed.

    Then when they come up you can thin them out and eat these raw, that way the remaining one's have room to grow.

    The reason I say grow in a row is so that you can see whats weeds and whats carrots. You will get weeds

    Brocolli, we are growing purple sprouting broc. This takes a while and is started off abit earlier than this and is a winter veg.

    Strawberries, you might still find plants in the garden centres/nurseries, one plant to a pot.

    As they grow, put some pet bedding (wilkinsons 2.00'ish for big bag) underneath the plant or bricks will do. This keeps the fruit off the soil.

    You must net strawberries as the birds like them as well and you will loose all of them.

    The plants last for about 3-4 years. But you can make new plants from the old one's. I'll tell you how to do that in due course if you want.

    You will get a better crop after the first year.

    Peppers, these like to be fed with tomato food, don't be tempted to feed to oftern, once a week is fine.
    They don't like the wet weather as I have found out :rolleyes: so they need some sort of protection.

    Depending on what sort of cost you want to go too, you can buy clotches, sort of plastic hats with vents in the top or long covers from Garden Centres/wilkinsons/B&Q

    Cabbage, -Spring/Red/Winter, we've grown spring cabbage before which you can start Sept/Oct time for next spring.

    You can start of with seeds or young plants. Young plants are more expensive, but the work is done for you. Seeds are cheaper but you have to do the work :confused: These don't need much work as far as growing goes, but again they need netting as you will loose the crop overnight - birds.

    Hope that helps a bit.
  • angeliam
    LettuceLover
    Thank you Lynda - a great deal of v useful & practical information.

    One tip from me - if you have cats that love Nepeta (catmint) grow it under an old upturned wire-mesh hanging basket. They'll be able to enjoy the outside leaves but not wreck the whole plant.

    And yes please - how to successfully grow new starwberry plants from old. It's going to be vital after this year's disastrous crop.
    • Sarahjovi
    • By Sarahjovi 4th Jul 07, 4:01 PM
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    Sarahjovi

    And yes please - how to successfully grow new starwberry plants from old. It's going to be vital after this year's disastrous crop.
    Originally posted by angeliam

    I'm currently getting loads of runners from my Strawberry plants, and I am pegging the newly grown plants in pots of compost and then cutting the runner, once they have established!

    My question is, do I keep the new plants in the pots until next year or will it be better to plant them in the ground?

    Sarah
    • katskorner
    • By katskorner 4th Jul 07, 4:39 PM
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    katskorner
    You can grow swede, carrots, lettuce, radish, salad leaves mixtures, pak choi, rocket, beetroot right now. I just planted more carrots, spring onions, and my swede and second lot of pak choi the other day. I will be doing more lettuce and radish shortly too.

    Just prep the soil well before you plant to get the best crops. I tend to start my leafy stuff in trays and then transplant to give them a better chance against slugs and snails.
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    • katskorner
    • By katskorner 4th Jul 07, 4:41 PM
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    katskorner
    I'm currently getting loads of runners from my Strawberry plants, and I am pegging the newly grown plants in pots of compost and then cutting the runner, once they have established!

    My question is, do I keep the new plants in the pots until next year or will it be better to plant them in the ground?

    Sarah
    Originally posted by Sarahjovi
    I would keep them in the pots for now and give them a good chance to root well. Then plant them out later in the autmn in a sheltered spot with mulch or straw on top to protect and overwinter them. Then you can move them to cropping position next season.
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  • SuzySF
    Hi this year i've got potatoes in pots (quite large) one plant to a pot, dwarf french beans in tubs (long tubs about 10" deep) and peas in the brick raised bed which is a great shape for poles - get nice sweetpea type flowers at the front of the house AND food !!
    also,for the first time I've got outdoors tomatoes (usually in a small FREECYCLED greenhouse) i have one in there it a small plum i'm trying. also got sweet peppers (not chilies) in there this year. also got cut and come again lettuce in the bed with the peas.

    cropping french beans now 6 weeks in, but just sown some seeds yesterday for a 2nd lot be ready to put in pots in couple of weeks (fingers crossed). done away totally with patio flowering plants this year and done veg...next year eyeing up hanging basket strawberries and tomatoes ...

    as another poster said- plant what you like to eat !!
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always recieve lots
  • energy129
    What to grow in July
    Hi,
    Lots of things. All the salad leaves, carrots, swiss chard, beetroot, beans, herbs. You can still buy tomato plants but don't get any that look very tall and thin.
    I suggest you buy a magazine - Grow Your Own or Kitchen Garden are both good but come out a month ahead so look for a July copy.
    There are loads of books in the libraries. I like Joy Larkom and Sarah Raven.
    Best of luck, Jo
  • Lady Sara
    Growing in July
    I have found that the HDRA website is fantastic for this sort of thing:
    http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/
    In the left hand bar is exactly what you need! It tells you what to do in your:
    In your:Incredibly useful!

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