July – 1st Week

04 Jul

Mr MIDDLETON says: Keep quietly on without over-exerting yourself. That is the golden rule for all new gardeners.


July is a busy month in the garden even though the bulk of seed-sowing and planting is done. It is the time, too, when the vegetable garden normally looks its best, being filled with maturing and growing crops.

1. Fertilise Onions, Leeks, etc.- The last summer dressing of fertilizer is now given and feeding of crops, such as leeks and onions, is carried out. Both appreciate a watering with soot water. Water onions if weather is dry. Allow to drain a little, then apply liquid manure. Never apply liquid manure to plants suffering from drought, but first soak them with water.

2. Sow Turnips: Uncover Marrows.- Make a sowing of turnips now in the south for storing in the winter. Marrows in frames can be left uncovered.

3. Feed Tomatoes.- Feed outdoor tomatoes. Top-dress those in pots. Top-dress indoor tomatoes. Good soil, preferably from well-rotted turf, should be mixed with sand and peat, and impregnated with fertilizer as a top-dressing for tomatoes and cucumbers.

4. Work on Celery.- Finish planting main crop celery.

5. French Beans, Mint and Tarragon.- Make last sowing of Dwarf French beans outside. These will mature in September. Make new beds of mint and tarragon by transplanting young growths from old beds.

6. On the Potato Patch.- Spray potatoes with Bordeaux mixture to prevent blight. Lift early potatoes as required. Fill land cleared of potatoes with winter greens, or sow mustard as a green manure. Short-horn carrots can also be sown after potatoes.

7. Sowing and Planting.- Plant out winter greens. In the North this should be done without delay. Plant white and purple sprouting broccoli, late Savoy’s, cottager’s kale and January King cabbage. Every delay in planting in the north reduces chances of real success. Lift shallots if ready. The foliage will die down and turn brown.

8. Fruit Culture.- Continue to summer-prune trained fruit trees, first doing cherries, plums, pears and then apples. Red currents and gooseberries should also have their growths tipped.

July is turning out to be a busy time everywhere and not just in the garden. Funny thing blogs. I mean what are they exactly? Who do we right them for? Ourselves? Yes, to a degree of course, but then we share them with the rest of the world to read and make of it as they wish. So when, suddenly, your life is being taken over by issues that cannot be disclosed on a blog for all and sundry to see, and your time is taken up dealing with whatever life happens to throw at you, it makes writing your blog, at best difficult, and at times almost impossible. Giving up would be very easy. But l came downstairs this morning faced with another pile of paperwork to sort out and thought, blow it, l’m writing my blog. I need to escape back into the world l love and share with people the nicer things in my life. One day, all of this crap will be sorted out and put behind us, but right now its not a nice place to be.

As a lot of you know, we are selling our home and returning to the UK. With a fair wind we will know by tomorrow. Its pretty certain so we are having a week or so back in blighty to look for somewhere to live. All very exciting!

We had some friends over yesterday and they left with a bumper bag of goodies from the garden; courgettes, beans, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, radish, mange-tout and eggs.Enough to keep them going for a few days. I love giving friends some veg. It makes all that hard work worth it when you see their faces so appreciative.

Better get things sorted ready for the weekend. We have a good neighbour who is going to look after everything for us while we are gone. I’ll just add a photo of the potatoes we had the other evening. Whoppers! It’s a variety called ‘Cherie’ and are big enough for jacket spuds. Mmmm…my favourite.

Big Spuds


Posted by on July 4, 2011 in July, July - In Your Garden


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14 responses to “July – 1st Week

  1. elaine rickett

    July 4, 2011 at 09:17

    How can you bear to leave your beautiful garden after all the hard work you have put into it

    • trevorhunt

      July 7, 2011 at 05:57

      Hi Elaine, Not easily! But looking forward to a new challenge, whatever that may be, which is quite exciting. We have moved several times over the years so we have got used to creating gardens and handing them over to new tenants, who will add their bit and pass it on to the next people and so on and so on. My one stipulation is to have a sheltered garden, away from those winds if possible, but any garden will do in the end!

  2. greg becker

    July 4, 2011 at 10:37

    Know what you mean about blogs, but yours is a really good one and I’m sure a lot of people would miss it if you stopped. However sounds like you have got more than a few very splendid looking potatoes on your plate at the moment – hope it all goes well.

    • trevorhunt

      July 7, 2011 at 06:00

      Thank you for the encouragement Greg, very kind of you. No, l won’t stop. I had to stop last year but l feel my blog is part of me now. There might be a gap over the coming week or two but l will be back. The spuds were lovely by the way!

  3. Rachael

    July 4, 2011 at 16:14

    Yes, don’t stop completely, but I’m sure we will all understand if you cut back a bit while you are busy with your move. Good luck with that – we moved last year, but only from one side of town to the other (and that was bad enough!) – not from one country to another!

    • trevorhunt

      July 7, 2011 at 06:24

      Hi Rachael, You are right. It doesn’t have to be far for it to be just as stressful but at least we are moving back to our home country and we are both excited about that. Looking forward to our holiday which starts tomorrow and, boy, do we need it!

  4. chicaandaluza

    July 5, 2011 at 09:37

    HI Trevor, thought I´d left a comment yesterday but it looks like the gremlins ate it. Things are looking good on your blog especially your potatoes! Do hope the UK trip goes well, fingers crossed for the house sale and good luck with all that is going on for you at the moment, Take care, Tanya

    • trevorhunt

      July 7, 2011 at 06:30

      Thank you so much Tanya. Funny things blogs…making ‘friends’, but l do feel l have ‘met’ some really nice people on here so another reason not to throw in the towel just yet! Things will get sorted eventually but, as the saying goes, right now ‘it never rains but it pours’ so looking forward to getting away and enjoying some real Great British cuisine. First meal….a proper curry!!!!! Next….it has to be FIsh & Chips!!!!!! Think l am going to come back like Billy Bunter! Still, the stress of moving will shed a few pounds. Will try to look in from time to time while we are away!

  5. Janet/Plantaliscious

    July 6, 2011 at 12:19

    I recognise all that, including – especially? – escaping from the messy world of paperwork and accounts to blog instead. Glad you haven’t given up. Potatoes look amazing. Good luck house-hunting, will look forward to seeing you set up somewhere new in due course. But in the mean time, lovely spuds! I know, I said it already, but really, so big, so shiny, so pretty…

    • trevorhunt

      July 7, 2011 at 06:34

      Ha ha…thanks Janet. Hope you are feeling better now. We always say, things are not so bad when you hear of people suffering with ill health. It puts things into perspective. Hope you are able to continue to enjoy your garden and thank you for your lovely comments.

  6. Petra Hoyer Millar

    July 13, 2011 at 18:14

    Dear Trevor,

    Just as my fellow bloggers, I feel for you having to leave your beloved garden. Agreed, a new garden represents a clean sheet; an exciting opportunity for new and repeat gardening, though still tough none the less. In terms of blogs though, a new garden opens a whole new chapter, or perhaps one should say book! I for one, look forward to reading all about it. Best wishes for your move…

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

    July 20, 2011 at 21:01

    Those potatoes look wonderful. Am enjoying my tomatoes now, by the time they’re gone sounds like yours will be in and I’ll have a serious case of tomato envy.

  8. theanxiousgardener

    July 24, 2011 at 09:51

    Hi Trevor, I moved at the end of last year and really miss my old garden. My new one is much bigger and blanker and well, I should be excited but I have to admit to being a little overwhelmed by it. I hope you get ‘sorted’ and find a great new project. Sorry to hear you’ve been having a bad time of it.

    Good luck with the move and oh, enjoy your hols.


    • trevorhunt

      August 3, 2011 at 08:33

      Hi Dave and thank very much for your kind words. It’s funny receiving such nice thoughts from somebody l don’t really know and yet mean so much. That’s the wonders of blogging l suppose and in our own way we all get to ‘know’ each other eventually. I am really looking forward to returning to the UK and particularly to Dorset. Such a lovely corner of our beautiful island. We hope to be back sometime in September. Not long now but still so much to do. Better get on with it!! Thanks again.


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