What To Do In Your Allotment


June

Harvest

  • beetroot
  • broad beans
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • early peas
  • lettuce
  • rhubarb
  • spring onions
  • radish
  • spinach
  • first of the soft fruits

Lift the earliest potatoes towards the end of the month and continue earthing up the rows.

As it is the end of the asparagus season, stop cutting and give a top dressing of general fertiliser to help build the crowns up for next year.

Sow

Successional sowings of :

  • beetroot, long and round
  • maincrop carrots
  • kohlrabi chicory
  • lettuce
  • swede
  • winter cabbage

Plant

  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbages
  • cauliflowers
  • celeriac
  • courgettes
  • outdoor cucumbers
  • French beans
  • runner beans
  • leeks
  • pumpkins
  • squashes
  • sweet corn
  • outdoor tomatoes

General

Hoe at every opportunity.

Train in climbing beans and continue to put supports to peas.

Carry on with the thinning out of seedlings of earlier sown crops.

Don't allow plants grown under glass to dry out or overheat.

Water along the rows of peas to swell the developing pods.

Continue to earth up potatoes.

Keep greenhouse tomatoes well watered but don't flood the soil by overwatering.

Pest and Diseases

Keep a look out for:

  • first signs of potato blight
  • blackfly on broad beans
  • greenfly on various crops
  • cabbage root fly
  • carrot fly
  • thrip damage on brassicas

Fruit

Strawberry plants will produce runners this month. If any new strawberry plants are required, select from healthy plants pegging down the first plantlet produced on each runner, cutting off the runner just beyond the plantlet. Cut out all of the other unwanted runners to prevent weakening the Mother plant and to prevent the strawberry bed from becoming overrun with young plants.

Start to thin out the clusters of fruits on:

  • apples
  • pears
  • plums

What You Could Be Eating

  • Beetroot; Broad beans; Globe artichokes; Japanese onions; Lettuce; Peas
  • Potatoes (First Earlies); Radish; Rocket; Spinach; Spring onions
  • Gooseberries; Raspberries; Rhubarb; Strawberries
  • and a full variety of herbs.

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July

Harvest

Keep up with the harvesting of all crops because the allotment is now in full production.

  • garlic & shallots as the foilage begins to become yellow and strawy
  • early tomatoes
  • globe artichokes (start of the season)
  • autumn-planted onions
  • rhubarb until the end of the month
  • strawberries main crop
  • plums
  • early pears
  • apples

Lift early potatoes and carry on earthing up the rows.

Sow

Over-wintering crops of :

  • endive
  • kale
  • spring cabbage
  • radicchio
  • chicory
  • spinach beet
  • hardy onion to transplant in spring next year
  • main-crop carrots to avoid attack from root fly

Continue with successive sowings of:

    beetroot
    lettuce

Plant

  • marrow
  • pumpkins
  • squashes
  • leeks
  • over-wintering cabbages

General

Hoe at every opportunity.

Water all crops at least once a week.

Start to draw the soil up around the base of Brussel sprouts to encourage extra roots.

Earth up potatoes.

Pinch side shoots on tomatoes and feed weekly with tomato fertiliser.

Pest and Diseases

Cut off all of the foliage to prevent the spores entering the soil, damaging the crop.

Keep a look out for:

  • Potato blight - main season for this.
  • aphids
  • cabbage white butterfly caterpillars
  • pea moth

Fruit

Pick all fruit as it becomes available.

Start to cut out the old fruiting canes on raspberries after they go out of production. Keep removing the spawn/runners in between the rows.

Look out for Big Bud on blackcurrants.

What You Could Be Eating

  • Artichoke; Asparagus; Beetroot; Broad beans; Cabbages; Cauliflowers; Celery
  • Courgettes; Cucumbers; French beans; Garlic; Kohlrabi; Lettuce; Onions; Peas
  • Potatoes; Radish; Runner beans; Spinach; Squash; Sweet corn
  • Blackcurrants; Gooseberries; Raspberries; Redcurrants; Rhubarb

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