A Gardening Calendar For Growing Your Own

Dobies of Devon, an award-winning seeds supplier, has put together this in-depth grow your own gardening calendar so that you know precisely what to plant and when for the remainder of the year. 

So, whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden or aiming to make the most of your outdoor space, see what you can do in the months to come…

Growing your own in June
The weather should feel a lot warmer in June when compared to the past few months, so your garden should already by decorated with a colourful selection of flowers and foliage. Just be on alert that weeds will be flourishing too and should be dealt with swiftly.

Checklist for June
Move any forced strawberries outdoors.
Outside, all of the following should be sowed: 
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans (directly into prepared bedsv Calabrese
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Courgettes (only in southern districts)
  • Cucumbers (directly into prepared beds)
  • French beans (directly into prepared beds)
  • Kohl rabi
  • Marrows (only in southern districts)
  • Pak choi
  • Peas (directly into prepared beds)
  • Pumpkins (only in southern districts)
  • Radish
  • Runner beans (directly into prepared beds)
  • Squash (directly into prepared beds)
  • Sweetcorn (directly into prepared beds)
  • Turnips

Treat potatoes and tomatoes against blight.
Plant out celeriac, celery, outdoor ridge cucumbers, sweet peppers, winter brassicas and any artichokes that were previously sown under cover.
Apply a high potassium liquid feed to any fruit grown from pots.
Apply a liquid tomato feed to ridge cucumbers.
Thin out any seedlings.

Growing your own in July
Plants should be beginning to flower in a magnificent fashion in July, while you should also be preparing to marvel in fruit and vegetables that are starting to ripen throughout the month. Just be sure that all produce in your garden is getting enough water, as July tends to be among the hottest months of the year.

Checklist for July
Sow all of the following:
  • Both autumn and winter salads
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Chicory
  • Fennel
  • French beans (only in southern districts)
  • Oriental vegetables
  • Runner beans (only in southern districts)
  • Turnips
  • Harvest all of the following:
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Bulb onions
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Coriander
  • Cucumber
  • Dwarf beans (only early varieties)
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Runner beans (only early varieties)
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato

Plant out brassicas and leeks.
Complete the summer pruning of apple trees, gooseberries, kiwi fruit, pear trees, redcurrants and white currants.
Pick courgettes before they become marrows.
Mulch all fruit with organic matter — chopped leaves, compost and wood chipping will all work — so that water loss is reduced and weeds are suppressed.

Growing your own in August
August sees the summer holidays as being in full swing, though you shouldn’t forget that you have another hot month for gardening in store. Therefore, make sure you keep on watering produce throughout your garden — perhaps invest in an automatic watering system if you’re celebrating the holidays with a getaway, or at least ask a family member, friend or neighbour to help out.

Checklist for August
Plant out rooted strawberry runners.
Sow all of the following:
  • Chicory (only in southern districts)
  • Crimson clover
  • Fennel (only in southern districts)
  • Italian ryegrass
  • Oriental vegetables (only in southern districts)
  • Overwintering onions (only in southern districts)
  • Radish (only in southern districts)
  • Rocket (only in southern districts)
  • Sorrel (only in southern districts)
  • Spring cabbage (only in southern districts)
  • Summer lettuce (only in southern districts)
  • Turnips (only in southern districts)

Summer prune restricted apples and pears, as well as any sideshoots on restricted trees.
Once they have fruited, prune apricots, nectarines and peaches.
After a harvest, prune damsons, gages and plums.
Prune out any fruited summer raspberry canes while tying in new varieties.
Treat tomatoes and potatoes from blight.

Growing your own in September
It’s all about getting your garden ready for the pending autumn months once September arrives. Harvesting will surely keep you occupied as the days get shorter too.

Checklist for September
Plant new strawberry beds and overwintering onion sets.
Plant out any spring cabbages that were sown during August, covering them in either horticultural fleece or some netting to keep pigeons from shredding them.
Sow all of the following vegetables so that they are ready to mature next spring:
  • Oriental vegetables
  • Turnip
  • Spinach
  • Winter lettuce
  • Prune blackcurrants.
  • Harvest all of the following:
  • Apples
  • Haricot beans
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Store apples
  • After a harvest, spur prune kiwi fruit.

Following fruiting, cut back any old canes of blackberries and hybrid berries and tie in the new canes.
Get your orders in for any new cold stored strawberry runners, fruit bushes, fruit canes and fruit trees so that they can be delivered and set up in time for winter.
Cut down asparagus foliage once it turns brown, being sure to take care of their spines and giving them an adequate mulch after the proceedings.

Growing your own in October
Hopefully raking up what feels like a never-ending pile of leaves will be a task that will work up a sweat as the chilly air rolls in throughout October. At least you can get on with the task while taking in the crisp autumn colours that make October so easy on the eyes.

Checklist for October
Plant cranberries and lingonberries.
Take cuttings of blueberries, currants and gooseberries.
Dig up rooted layers of blackberries and hybrid berries.
Sow overwintering broad beans, but only in mild areas, and ensure you cover them with cloches or fleece so that they receive insulation and protection from pigeons.
Sow carrots and peas in cold frames, but only in mild areas.
Plant autumn onion sets and garlic cloves.
Trim over a cranberry bed.
Get your orders in for new raspberries, as well as any seeds that you plan to grow next year.
Dig up outdoor tomato plants, hanging them upside-down in a greenhouse so that the fruits are able to ripen. Don’t worry if some of the fruit doesn’t ripen — they can be used green in chutneys.
Harvest all of the following, with the first frost being your deadline to work towards:
Spring onions
Pot-up chives, mint and parsley so that they are ready for the winter months.

Growing your own in November
As the cold snap will likely to have settled in by November, you should only plant any new fruit trees or bushes this month if the ground isn’t subjected to frost and is also dry enough. Spend any spare time in the garden ensuring that any birds that visit are well-fed.

Checklist for November
So long as the ground isn’t frosted or too wet, plant any new fruit trees and fruit bushes.
Dig up chicory roots, remove any foliage, pot them up and then position them in a dark and warm location. Give it between three and six weeks and chicons should appear.
Sow over wintering broad beans, but only where the soil is well drained and in mild areas.
Prune all of the following:
  • Apples
  • Gooseberries
  • Medlars
  • Pears
  • Quinces
  • Redcurrants
  • White currants

Look out for any yellowed leaves on Brussel sprouts and other brassicas, being sure to remove these to stop the development of issues such as brassica downy mildew or grey mould.
Look out for any plant debris in a vegetable plot, being sure to remove these.

Growing your own in December
Whilst being a feel-good time of the year, you can’t do a lot of growing in your garden throughout the festive season. Instead, use this month to tidy up your garden if it’s subjected to harsh winter storms, and carry out maintenance of your gardening tools and machinery so that they are ready to use in the New Year.

Checklist for December
So long as the ground isn’t frosted or too wet, plant any new fruit trees and fruit bushes.
Plant garlic and shallots, but only in mild areas and in well-drained soil.
Plant early varieties of vegetables in greenhouses.
Prune all of the following:
  • Apples
  • Autumn raspberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Medlars
  • Pears
  • Quinces
  • Redcurrants
  • White currants
  • Look out for any yellowed leaves on Brussels sprouts and other brassicas, being sure to remove these to stop the development of issues such as brassica downy mildew or grey mould.
  • Look out for any plant debris in a vegetable plot, being sure to remove these.


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