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    Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) © Ita McCobb
  • Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) © Ita McCobb
  • Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) © Ita McCobb
  • Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
This is a good month to sow some biennials for planting out in the Autumn for flowers next year. Wallflowers, Foxgloves and Honesty are good examples.
Some fruit will be ready to harvest this month such as Raspberries, Apricots and Cherries as well as vegetables that were sown earlier. Courgettes should be cut regularly before they grow too big as not only do they taste better but it will encourage the plant to produce more fruit.
Harvest herbs for culinary purposes. They can also be cut, dried and frozen for use during the Winter. If herbs flower and set seed, the seeds can be collected for planting next year. Softwood cuttings can be taken for herbs such as Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.
Many climbing plants can be seen scrambling over hedgerows during July, such as Bittersweet, also known as Woody nightshade, that has purple flowers, White bryony with greenish-white flowers and Traveller’s joy, also known as Old man’s beard, with white flowers.
Varieties of Thistles will be flowering this month such as Creeping thistle, Spear thistle and Knapweed that has purple thistle-type flowers.
Fans of foraging for mushrooms will be looking out for the first of the Chanterelles with their distinctive yellow colour (image: wildfood).

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