SixOnSaturday July 17th. So sow.

July has finally hit it’s stride after a couple of cold and soggy weeks. At last it feels like summer, but it’s also time to plan ahead. Here’s what I’ve been doing to while away the wet and foggy week that was. Other Sixes can be viewed on the website of the host

1. Succession sowing cucumbers as the plants wear out after a few weeks. I only grow one plant at a time, Israeli beit cucumbers that are small and smooth skinned. Good for eating raw and quick pickles. There are only so many cucumbers we can eat.

2. Sowing for now and later. Our first crop has served us through spring. A second and third crop of Basil will see us through tomato season and make pesto for the freezer. We eat a lot of pesto.

3. Sowing to bamboozle the bunnies. The only bush beans we can have are securely hidden under cold frames. Therefore I sow few and often, letting them have the tired plants when I need to move the frame to a different spot for a new batch.

4. Sowing for winter. Our experimental autumn sown onions from last year have been a great success. I have multi sowed them in modules this year hoping for an even better crop. We’ll see if the weather cooperates. Here they come…

5. Sowing for next year. In an attempt to fill the flower gap I have sown echinacea and rudbeckia and primula veris and have some nice sturdy little plants which will most likely be eaten by rabbits as soon as they are planted out. We can but try….

6. Sowing catch crops to fill spaces left by harvesting. Beets, carrots, cabbage and pac choi will be fitted in spaces left by garlic, main crop onions and early potatoes.

It’s a bit hot and humid to sow lettuce, spinach and radishes. Perhaps next month!

8 thoughts on “SixOnSaturday July 17th. So sow.

  1. I have never tried onions from seed, how long a gap is it between sowing and harvesting? Is there any advantage to sowing seeds as opposed to sets – perhaps you get a wider choice of varieties? It’s all looking very well organised and you are clearly outwitting the rabbits, well done!

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  2. There’s very limited varieties of onion sets here. Also in this climate sets tend to bolt before bulbing. Most years I seed in modules in January, plant out when weather permits and harvest in August. Last year I threw some seeds in the ground in September, as an experiment. Only a few onions developed but the have kept us going until a couple of weeks ago. So worth trying for the price of a few leftover seeds! As to the rabbits they are very smart and I’m sure they’ll figure out my evil plan to keep some beans for myself soon enough.

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