Top July Allotment Tips-Suttons Gardening Grow How

Our Top July Allotment Tips is back and the weather this year to date has been one of extremes. It feels like every month has had its own unique challenges. The last two decades have seen these wide fluctuations in weather become a common trend. In much of the UK, the ground is currently very dry. Rain for many has been at a premium.

Watering on the Plot

Slug and snail activity is rapidly reduced in dry soil. Inevitably, watering requirements increase and on many plots, water butts are running low or empty. On my allotment site where we are lucky to have mains water, socially distanced queues have formed for the taps at times!

For sites without mains water, it can be a real struggle. Individual plot husbandry makes a huge difference. Plot holders with plenty of organic matter in the soil generally need to waterless. Raised beds, unfortunately, dry out quicker, but conversely, drain better in wet spells. In the past decade summers seems are becoming markedly drier and allotment holders should try to take appropriate steps to combat this. Sometimes this is easier said than done.

Talking Strawberries

Top July Allotment Tips strawberries

Its been wonderful to be picking bountiful, super juicy, sun-ripened strawberries from the allotment over the past couple of weeks. After a reluctant start, the strawberry plants have been spurred on by the recent sunny weather. Strawberries aside from being vitamin-rich are so easy to grow and are perfect for allotment newbies. Beds should ideally be replaced after three years. Choices for growing strawberries from seed have improved over the years. F1 ‘Temptation’ produces tasty medium-sized fruit. If alpine strawberries are your thing, try ‘Regina’ which I really easy to grow.

Peas, Potatoes & Lovely Asparagus

My early peas ‘Early Onward’ began cropping at the end of June. The overall height of the plants is lower than normal but the yield is substantial. I’ve been regularly watering the rows with a watering can as peas do like damp soil containing well-rotted manure.

My container-grown first early potatoes ‘Swift’ has lived up to their name and reached maturity in just over ten weeks. Although yields in containers are lower than when grown in the ground the tubers delightful and are generally free of damage. The skin is also usually blemish-free. I’ve grown my earlies in the greenhouse and if they are kept moist, they don’t mind the warmer temperatures.

Around Father’s Day time, I made my last asparagus harvest of the year. This will allow the crowns to build up strength for next year. To help with this, I top dress the crowns with handfuls of well-rotted manure or soil improver.

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