The Fruit Garden in July

The Vegetable Patch in July
Other Gardening Jobs in July

Pick soft fruit
Strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, and blueberries will be ready for picking. Pick on a warm dry day for the best flavour. Pick regularly, as the fruits do not all ripen at the same time. Enjoy on their own, with a little sugar sprinkled on them, or in cakes, puddings and pies.

Prune cherry trees
If you haven’t done so already, prune cherry trees. The best time to prune is just after harvesting when the trees are still in their growing season.

Propagate your own strawberries
If you need some extra strawberry plants, then propagate your own from the runners that the plants start sending out. Any runners that you root now will provide strawberries next year.

Thin out apples and pears
Apple and pear trees naturally shed some of their fruit (called the ‘June drop’), but further thin out so that you get fewer bigger fruit.

Water blueberries
Blueberries require lots and lots of water. Water frequently and heavily with rainwater, particularly if they are grown in pots. You can also give them a feed of ericaceous fertilizer.

Remove raspberry suckers
Raspberry suckers that grow between rows should be removed. If you have any gaps in your line, then use these to fill them in.



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