The Fruit Garden in July
This month is mainly about harvesting fruit as it ripens, and ensuring that the plants are watered and fed on a regular basis.
Similarly a time to keep a watchful eye open for pests and disease.
Week 27 - 1st Jul. to 7th Jul.
Thin out Apples after the June drop (natural thinning) to increase fruit size and quality.
Thin out fruit on Peach / Nectarine trees.
Commence harvesting Raspberries if ripe.
Thin out excess Raspberry canes.
Week 28 - 8th Jul. to 14th Jul.
Harvest Cherries if ready, if not ready leave the fruits on the trees until fully ripe.
Cut back Blackberry runners if not required for layering.
Continue pinching out Grape vine shoots.
Week 29 - 15th Jul. to 21st Jul.
Check for Gooseberry sawfly.
Week 30 - 22nd Jul. to 28th Jul.
Prune Pear trees.
Support fruit laden branches on Plum and Damson trees.