A new month and a new to do list from the giy guys in Waterford.  See the full newsletter for July in this link:  GIY Newsletter July 2015

  • Any ground that has finished cropping must be quickly cleared away to take more vegetables – this is the essence of a productive veggie patch.
  •  Write down your successes and failures – make a note of when things were sowed, transplanted, harvested etc. These records will be invaluable for next year. GIYers have great plans but poor memories!
  • Use your produce – eat it, freeze it, process it, exchange it, give it away. Do not let it rot in the ground or end up on the compost heap.
  • Continue to water and feed plants and practice good weed control.
  • Continue to pinch out side shoots on your tomato plants and remove the lower leaves.
  • Earth up brassicas such as Brussels sprouts – these plants will grow tall and require a good deal of support.
  • Prune raspberries and gooseberries when they have finished fruiting and apply a mulch.
  • Cut down legume plants that have finished cropping and compost them. Leave the roots in the soil as they fix nitrogen in the soil.
  • Keep an eye on the blight forecast and spray potatoes if required.

Sowing Seeds

Continue successional sowings and use quick maturing varieties for autumn use –

Lettuce, Rocket, Salad, Swiss chard, Onions, Radish, Turnips, Peas, French Beans (dwarf), Carrots (Amsterdam forcing is a good variety for late summer sowing).

Sow for winter use (yes you read that correctly – it’s time to start thinking about growing things that will crop in winter) –

Spring Cabbage, Hungry Gap Kale, Parsley, Perpetual Spinach, Chicory, Coriander

The above tips came from the July 2015 newsletter from GIY International.   A membership is €35 per year, you get the GIY magazine each quarter (with a packet of organic seeds), and regular newsletters by e-mail.  What is there not to like about this great Irish movement?