Allotment Jobs for July

Summer is in full swing and harvests are coming more frequent. There’s plenty to pick and plenty to do on the allotment such as watering and keeping up with the weeding which can feel like hard work, so take the time to enjoy your plot with a well earned cuppa.

  • Plant out early purple sprouting broccoli for a crop next spring
  • Keep feeding tomatoes weekly, pinch out side shoots on cordon varieties
  • Keep the hoe and watering can busy!
  • Keep picking soft fruits such as strawberries, currants, raspberries, hybrid berries and gooseberries
  • Harvest potatoes
  • Cut sweet pea flowers to bring indoors, remove seed pods to encourage more flowers
  • Tie in runner beans and sunflowers as they grow
  • Ventilate the greenhouse
  • Transplant or ‘dib in’ leek seedlings
  • Harvest garlic and onions if ready, lay garlic bulbs out to dry on racks in a well ventilated greenhouse or shed, lay onions on the ground in the sun (or the greenhouse if the weather is bad)
  • Prevent heads of white cauliflowers turning yellow in the sun by pulling the nearest large leaves over and snapping into place
  • Begin propagating strawberries using runners
  • Harvest crops and enjoy!

Seeds to sow this month:

  • Carrots
  • Beetroot
  • Cauliflower
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Pak Choi
  • Radish
  • Salad leaves
  • Winter savoy cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Herbs such as rocket and coriander


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