The growth spurt that was so obvious in Spring & early Summer has slowed down, and the less time you have to replant those gaps for Autumn & Winter crops. So every time a gap appears, plug it with a catch crop like lettuce, spinach or Swiss chard, which incidentally looks great in flower beds ,particularly the ruby variety and dwarf French beans. Although these will take longer to crop now that the daylight hours are waning, they should be harvestable by September, if you choose the correct variety. The weather this month will dictate whether you will be weeding or watering and it is important to do both as required. Fortunately the evenings are light. Keep harvesting crops, especially the first beans, to encourage more to come. Enjoy your glut of home-grown crops. For this month is one of the most productive months of all.
Top jobs for July; check containers & hanging baskets, they will need regular watering, do not let them dry out, for it would be a shame to lose them, keep up dead heading flower borders, to encourage more flowers. Harvest peas, beans & courgettes, the more you pick, the more they produce, remember these are thirsty plants and need plenty of water. Check all brassicas , regularly, looking for signs of the dreaded caterpillars. Keep you eyes open for aphids, these love the fresh new growth at the tops of stems, blast them off with soapy water. Keep removing side shoots from cordon grown tomatoes, dispose of these side shoots, just leaving them lying around, only encourages mould growth, keep up the weekly feed, now that the fruits are forming. If your soft fruit look like they might need support, put in temporary canes, you would not like to lose all that delicious fruit, by the branches snapping. For a continual supply of chives, cut back when they have finished flowering for lush new shoots, herbs are now at their best, cut & wash them put in freezer bags & place in the freezer to use in those lean Winter months. One herb that does not require freezing, to store, is bay leaves these release more oils from their dried state.