July in the Vegie Patch

moiras poppyWinter is shed cleaning season. There’ll be no time in spring (or summer or autumn for that matter), so spend a Sunday in July doing useful things like taking twine off stakes; sorting cloches and birdnetting; and cleaning and sharpening your tools. Sharp tools are dreamy ease, their blunt cousins make you work too hard. Take your cleaned cutting tools, spades and shovels to the local sharpener guy. A present to your back.

Divide herbs and perennials and spread them far and wide throughout your garden to increase your biodiversity, homemade mulch and bee fodder; to decrease your mowing.

Sort your seed stocks and make sure you have plenty of greencrops, flowers, greenhouse crops and spring crops because next month we get back into seed sowing.

Prune roses and fruit trees. The pruning blogs at Country Trading Co are top notch. Infact Country Trading is one of my favourite places to visit (in my dreams I move in.) For this months pruning advice, I am sending you Heathers words of wisdom.

Plant horseradish, rhubarb, globe artichokes, garlic, asparagus, salads (under cover), kale, deciduous fruit trees and berries.

Direct Sow peas, sno peas, broadbeans, spinach, mustard, radish and poppies. Legume greencrops can be sown after beds of saladings and brassicas.

Load up on manure, seaweed and other OM delights. Set some stunning soil in motion.


  1. Very excited about that linked seed website, I’m definitely going to try it out. I have just moved house and have a fresh garden to work with, so I am really looking forward to putting your wonderful advice into action. I’ve already started raising some vege babies on my windowsills! I love your blog, thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with me.. 🙂

  2. What do your peas grow up? How do you support them?

    • Reinforcing mesh – its now my go to support for everything. Every spring I splash out on a new sheet – eventually everything will grow up it! It’ll never rot, never break under strain of big plants, and stores nice and flat outside when not in use. If no budget for it then you need to create horizontal strings for the tendrils to cling to as they climb. Pre reinforcing mesh I’d bang tall stakes into the ground (at least 1.8 out of the ground) at close intervals (30cm-ish) then create lines of baling twine going across. Twine needs to be wound round each post and tied off to stop slippage under weight of a full crop. See why I love the mesh!