Back in June, I updated on progress to clear and grow on me and mum’s new allotment plot. At the time, I meant to follow up with a post about how my kitchen garden was shaping up now I’ve gone to raised beds, but I got distracted by a blueberry and lemon curd cake.
(Which I suppose is a fair thing to be distracted by…)
Anyway, I figure now is a good time to talk about the kitchen garden, and how its developed from The Patch from Scratch.
I don’t know about you, but I always find this time of year a tad anti-climatic. Of course, I love all the produce that has started to come off the allotment, but I still find myself coming over all wistful in the greenhouse.
The reason? There are next to no pots on my sowing bench. Spring is so exciting, as you fill up every available space with sowings, ready to plant out later. July is bereft of all this. I yearn for the time spent with seed packets in hand, sowing anything I can get my hands on.
In the past, I have addressed this by searching thoroughly through my seed box looking for things to sow, and experimenting with ongoing sowings of crops such as peas and French beans.
Here are my top seeds to sow in July in case, like me, you’re suffering a seed sowing comedown.
Got a spare corner on the allotment? July sowing of runner beans could see you harvesting until the first frosts!
During June and July the soil is sufficiently warm for direct sowing of the trusty old runner. The traditional way of growing this plot favourite is up a wigwam, made up of 6 or 7 canes. I love growing veg up structures as I think it adds real interest to an allotment, and with their striking red or white flowers, runner beans make for a very attractive plant.