It's July, the days are long, the sun is hot, and i've just come in from having a BBQ in the garden with a salad of Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots, Mangetout and Rocket as an accompaniment. I've had lunches of broad beans and peas this week, We've had the first new potatoes, and i've munched my way through plenty of berries, but i'm not content with only having Vegetables from the garden in June to September, - i'm greedy and want to eat my homegrown produce all year round, - so as well as harvesting this weekend, i've been sowing and planting as well.
Out came the Broad Bean plants, and in have gone my Leeks, which i've been growing in cell trays. Out came the spent Mange Tout and Pea plants, and in their place went more beans and peas that have been waiting in the greenhouse in Guttering
it's too late to sow peas and beans now according to the seed packets, but mine have a 3 week head start from growing in their guttering trays, and I can now just slide them into prepared trenches in the garden.
I've resown coriander, lettuce, radishes and carrots so that when the summer holidays arrive they will already be small crops, and after the summer holidays, i'll start on the winter vegetable saladings of Corn salad, Mizuna, and winter hardy lettuce.
Next week i'll order my late salad potatoes, - they're not widely advertised, but you can buy seed potatoes over the next few weeks by mail order that have been kept in termperature controlled conditions so that they don't sprout, - these can be planted for autumn (and even Christmas day) harvesting, -as my first earlies are just cropping, this is excellent timing for me as they can go back in to my potato bags when the harvested ones come out.
i'll keep you updated of what else i'm sowing, - please let me know what your favourites are so I can add them to my lists