This post was most recently updated on April 14th, 2017
Welcome to mid-summer heat (hopefully!). In all but the coolest of areas radishes planted now will simply either die or bolt straight to flower/seed and be horrid in taste. Instead, you can use nasturtium leaves/flowers or rocket/arugula to add a little bite to your summer salad.
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You can bend the tops of your onions over to encourage the bulbs to ripen/fatten – your onions sown in should be about ready for harvest.
Early potatoes can be lifted as their tops start to yellow, store them in a cool, dry dark place. You can make sacks out of several layers of newspaper stapled together. Ensure the spuds are well dry with much of the dirt brushed off before storing. Early spuds won’t store as well as main crop varieties, so keep this in mind.
If you are growing brussels sprouts they may need to be staked against the wind.
Keep an eye out for aphids at this time of year, use Neem oil and Garlic spray to keep on top of them.
Remove side shoots from your celery.
Strawberries will be sending off side shoots most seasons at this time of year. You can use these to propagate new plants. Simply keep the planting closest to the mother plant attached and remove and subsequent ones that grow. Pop it into the soil and allow it to grow roots. In the winter you can either pot these up or move them to your their place. Strawberries produce best in their second year, so I always have my crop split in half – one on their first year of fruiting, the other on its second year. The older plants I replace or lift and divide once they have finished fruiting. Strawberries need to be well mulched and plenty of compost/manure.
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