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 http://www.thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.
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!