Thursday, 9 July 2015
Seeds you can sow in July
This evening we had dinner from the chickens and veg patch - ratatouille with our own onions, courgettes and aubergines together with new potatoes and a poached duck egg. There is something immensely satisfying about eating your own produce and if you are keen to start vegetable gardening it is no too late for sowing a variety of vegetables in July for harvesting later in the year.
Non forcing chicory
Turnips* (late in the month)
There are also plenty of vegetables you can transplant if you can get seedlings.
Kale and Cavolo Nero
Leeks (if you are quick)
If you are lucky enough to have a polytunnel or greenhouse then your choice of even greater
All the vegetables above that are marked with an asterix can also be sown in the polytunnel along with the following:
Oriental veg such as mizuna, mibuna, komatsuna etc
These under cover sowings are really important if you want to see your polytunnel producing fresh veg once the summer tomatoes, peppers and suchlike are but a distant memory. By sowing now, in July, you can ensure fresh veg on into the winter months. If, however, you are likely to be away you may want to delay most sowings until early August … and if you are away then I suggest asking a friend to come in and water or all your hard work could be lost in the heat.
Remember also that if you live in a mild area where frosts generally start late you have more chance of success with later sowings than if you live further north or in a frost pocket.
If you have no garden don't despair as there is still some things you can sow – the ever popular cress can be grown inside where you can also give sprouting seeds a go and maybe even a couple of lettuces in a pot on a windowsill or a chilli plant on a windowsill.
Have you been sowing seeds recently - have I missed anything from my lists?
Joining in with How Does Your Garden Grow from Annie at Mammasuarus - pop on over and have a nosy around other July gardens.