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Seasonal Gardening Planner (page 2 of 4)

Gardening is governed by the seasons, and timing tasks correctly for your climate and soil will increase the chance of bumper crops throughout the year.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Summer

Try to make a little time every day for weeding, watering, and harvesting. Even in tiny gardens, gluts of vegetables are possible, so sow small amounts of seeds successionally every 2-3 weeks to ensure a steady supply over summer.

Sowing 

Keep up successional sowings throughout the summer, and don't forget those late summer sowings that can be protected with cloches and harvested in winter.

  • Early summer: arugula, beets, calabrese, carrots, outdoor cucumbers, French and runner beans, green onions, herbs, lettuce, peas, radishes, rutabagas, squash, Swiss chard, turnips, zucchini.
  • Midsummer: Asian greens, beets, calabrese, lettuce, green onions, turnips.
  • Late summer: Asian greens, radishes, spinach, spring cabbages, turnips, winter radishes.

Transplanting  

In early summer, transplant into their final positions young plants raised under cover or outdoors in seedbeds. Ensure tender crops are not placed outside until the risk of frost has passed. Some tender types are best grown indoors. Make sure that you water transplants well.

  • Indoors: cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes.
  • Outdoors: Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, celeriac, celery, French and runner beans, kale, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, sweet corn, tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini.

Harvesting 

Frequent picking encourages many plants to produce more flowers and crop for longer.

  • Early summer: beets, cabbages, cauliflower, fava beans, globe artichokes, green onions, herbs, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, early potatoes, radishes, salad leaves, Swiss chard, turnips, zucchini.
  • Midsummer: beets, cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, fava beans, garlic, green onions, herbs, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, early potatoes, radishes, salad leaves, and tomatoes, zucchini.
  • Late summer: cabbages, carrots, calabrese, chili peppers, cucumbers, French and runner beans, eggplants, herbs, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, salad leaves, second early potatoes, shallots, sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini.

Seasonal Jobs 

Raising strong plants and caring for them well helps to maintain a healthy and productive garden.

  • Keep the garden neat, and water, fertilize, and weed all plants regularly. If you go on vacation, enlist the help of a friend or neighbor while you are away.
  • In early summer apply a thin mix of shading whitewash to greenhouse glass. Monitor greenhouse ventilation daily and keep watch for signs of pests and diseases.
  • Train climbing vegetables onto their supports, remove sideshoots from cordon tomatoes, and earth up maincrop potatoes and tall brassicas.
  • Be ready to store any vegetables and herbs that you cannot use fresh.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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