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Summer Vegetables & Herbs Calendar

List of jobs to do in the Vegetable Garden in Summer

 

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Summer Vegetables and herbs

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the vegetable and herb garden in the Summer.

 

Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.

 

You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.

 

Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  Summer Fruit Calendar

 

General

Summer is a busy time in the vegetable and herb garden as not only can you still sow seeds but earlier raised plants will need tending to ensure good crops and harvesting will also be starting

  • As the weather improves, ensure you water plants during dry spells - container grown vegetables and herbs may need watering every day even if the weather isn't very warm

  • Keep on top of weeds, removing them as and when you see them so they don't compete for nutrients in the the soil

  • Make succession sowings of crops such as carrots and lettuce to ensure a continuous supply of crops throughout the season

 

Jobs to do in the Vegetable & Herb Garden

in Early Summer

(June - UK)

 

Vegetables in JuneHarvesting & Storing Vegetables in Early Summer

Continue harvesting asparagus, broad beans, sprouting broccoli, spring  cabbage, early carrots, chard, endive, early lettuce, parsley, early peas, spinach, spring onions

Start harvesting French beans, baby beetroot, summer cabbage, early summer cauliflower, maincrop peas,  early potatoes, summer radish, baby turnips

If necessary, freeze or otherwise preserve excess crops (see individual growing pages)

 

Sowing & Planting Vegetables  in Early Summer

Outdoors

Sow  - Under protection - Sweetcorn during the 1st week of June

Sow - Runner beans, climbing beans, courgettes, marrows, pumpkin, outdoor cucumbers, squash

Continue sowing:-  Beetroot, Broad Beans,   Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Summer, winter, savoy & Red Cabbage, Carrots,  Chard,  Endive,  Kale, Kohl Rabi,  Leaf Beet, Leeks, Lettuce, Mangetout, Parsnips, Peas, Maincrop Potatoes ( tubers),  Radish, Spinach  Spring Onions,  Turnips

Plant - Harden off and plant out  indoor raised beans, celery, celeriac, courgettes, marrows, pumpkin, celery, outdoor cucumbers, sweetcorn, tomatoes by the 2nd week in June

Transplant leeks, any brassica seedlings which were sown in a seed bed to their permanent positions as soon as large enough (about 7.5cm/3" tall)

Indoors

Harden off all indoor raised plants and plant in their final positions

 

Sowing & Planting Herbs in Early Summer

Outdoors

Plant shop bought container plants outdoors

Start sowing basil, oregano, marjoram and thyme outside in open ground or in pots

Continue to sow Borage, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Parsley

Pot up indoor raised Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme early in the month and harden off before planting outdoors by the end of the month

 

Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in Early Summer

At the beginning of June harden off indoor raised seedlings ready for planting in their permanent positions as soon as possible

Water plots, beds and containers in dry weather

Continue staking plants such as peas when they are about 12cm/5"  tall

If slugs and snails are a problem apply a slug killer to the soil as early as possible. This June have to be re-applied especially after rain.

Keep a look out for the first signs of pests and diseases and treat as necessary

Continue to thin seedlings (see individual growing pages for spacing)

Continue earthing up potatoes

Hoe or hand weed regularly

 

Planning and Buying in Early Summer

Buy shop raised vegetable and herb plants by mid June and plant out as soon as possible

 

Jobs to do in the Vegetable & Herb Garden
in Mid Summer

(July - UK)

 

Mid Summer VegetvblesHarvesting & Storing Vegetables in Mid Summer

Continue harvesting broad beans, climbing, French and runner beans, beetroot, sprouting broccoli, summer cabbage, summer cauliflower, carrots, chard, endive, leaf beet, early lettuce, parsley, peas, early potatoes, radish,  spinach, spring onions, turnips

Start harvesting globe artichokes, courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, kohl rabi, peppers, maincrop onions (sets), shallots (sets), squash, tomatoes

If necessary, freeze or otherwise preserve excess crops (see individual growing pages)

 

Sowing & Planting Vegetables in Mid Summer

Outdoors

Continue sowing:-  Beetroot,  Calabrese, Carrots,  Chard,  Endive,  Kale, Kohl Rabi,  Leaf Beet, Lettuce, Peas,  Radish, Spinach  Spring Onions,  Turnips

Transplant leeks, any brassica seedlings which were sown in a seed bed to their permanent positions as soon as large enough (about 7.5cm/3" tall)

 

Sowing & Planting Herbs in Mid Summer

Outdoors

Plant shop bought container plants outdoors

Continue sowing basil, oregano and marjoram outside in open ground or in pots

Continue to sow Borage, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Parsley

 

Care and Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in Mid Summer

Water plots, beds and containers in dry weather. Containers may need watering every day in very dry warm weather. Best done in the evening

Feed container grown plants once a week from the 2nd week of the month

Feed hungry plants such as courgettes once a week

Mulch plants if possible

Start removing side shoots and tips of outdoor grown tomatoes

Remove growing tips of trailing courgettes and marrows

Continue staking plants where necessary

If slugs and snails are a problem apply a slug killer to the soil as early as possible. This July have to be re-applied especially after rain.

Keep a look out for  pests and diseases and treat as necessary

Continue to thin seedlings (see individual growing pages for spacing)

Continue earthing up potatoes

Hoe or hand weed regularly

 

Planning and Buying in Mid Summer

 

Buy shop raised  herb plants and plant out as soon as possible

 

Jobs to do in the Vegetable and Herb Garden

in Late Summer

(August - UK)

 

Vegetables in AugustHarvesting Vegetables & Herbs in Late Summer

Continue harvesting globe artichokes, broad beans, climbing, French and runner beans, beetroot, sprouting broccoli, summer cabbage, summer cauliflower, carrots, chard,  courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, endive, herbs, kohl rabi, leaf beet, lettuce,  marrow,  peppers, maincrop onions (sets), shallots (sets), squash, radish,  spinach, spring onions, tomatoes, turnips

Start harvesting  aubergines, chillies, maincrop potatoes, late peas

If necessary, freeze or otherwise preserve excess crops (see individual growing pages)

 

Sowing & Planting Vegetables in  Late Summer

Outdoors

Sow  - Spring Cabbage, Winter lettuce, Winter Spinach

Continue sowing:-  Chard,  Endive,  Kohl rabi, Leaf Beet, Loose Lettuce,  Radish,   Spring Onions,  Turnips

 

Sowing & Planting Herbs in  Late Summer

Outdoors

Plant shop bought container plants outdoors

Sow Basil, Oregano, Marjoram, Borage, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Parsley outside in pots which can be moved indoors or to a sheltered position in the late autumn

 

Care and Protecting Vegetables & Herbs in  Late Summer

Water plots, beds and containers in dry weather. Containers may need watering every day in very dry warm weather. Best done in the evening

Feed container grown plants at least once a week

Feed hungry plants such as courgettes and tomatoes once a week

Pinch out the tops of flowering herb plants to prevent them going to seed too quickly

Mulch plants if possible

Continue removing side shoots and tips of outdoor grown tomatoes

Continue staking plants where necessary

If slugs and snails are a problem apply a slug killer to the soil as early as possible. This may have to be re-applied especially after rain.

Keep a look out for  pests and diseases and treat as necessary

Continue to thin plants (see individual growing pages for spacing)

Continue earthing up potatoes

Hoe or hand weed regularly

Pests and Diseases

Companion Plants

See Individual growing pages

See Individual growing pages

In the Kitchen

 

Harvesting will be well on the way and you may find you have a glut of some crops.

 

There are many methods of storing vegetables including making preserves such as pickles and chutneys, bottling, particularly in vinegar or flavoured oils,  freezing and even drying or salting.

 

Whilst there is general storing, preparation and cooking information on the individual growing pages, for lots more cooking, storing and preserving  information and recipes visit our sister site www.recipes4us.co.uk

 

 

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