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Midsummer is a bountiful time for edible delights in your garden

Diarmuid Gavin


From sowing to harvesting, there’s plenty to do in July if you’re growing fruit and vegetables

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Tomato plants

Tomato plants

Tomato plants

July is a bountiful and busy time in the garden, and particularly so if you grow fruit and vegetables. Watering, feeding, planting, harvesting and troubleshooting are the main tasks — or pleasures! — in midsummer.

I have an edible cherry tree, ‘Stella’, which is now laden with fruit, probably the biggest crop I’ve ever had. The problem, however, is how to protect the cherries from birds. The tree is too big to net completely and there can be problems with birds getting caught in nets or trapped underneath.


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