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List of jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Summer

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Summer Fruit

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the fruit garden in Summer.

 

Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.

 

You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.

 

 

Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  Summer Vegetable & Herbs Calendar

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Early Summer

(June - UK)

 

General

  • Do not spray any plants with insecticides whilst flowering as this could harm pollinating insects leading to a poor fruit yield later in the year

  • Keep weeds under control

  • Keep all fruit watered during dry spells

 

Fruit in June

Harvesting Fruit in Early Summer

Continue harvesting small gooseberries which can be used for cooking making sure you leave some on the bush to mature

Continue harvesting protected strawberries

Continue harvesting Rhubarb picking 1 or 2 sticks from each plant at any one time

Start harvesting strawberries, early raspberries, cherries, red and white currants

 

Pruning & training  fruit in Early Summer

Lightly prune over-zealous apple, pear, plum and cherry trees if necessary to keep them compact

Continue de-shooting wall trained  trees paying particular attention to shoots which are pointing towards or away from the the wall

Pinch out tip buds of young shoots on mature fig trees

Select raspberry shoots for tying in

Prune old canes on newly planted raspberries once new shoots are produced

Tie in new shoots on blackberries and hybrid berries

 

Care and Protecting Fruit in Early Summer

Uncover protected strawberries

Net early fruit to protect from birds

Open one side of fruit cages to allow easier access to pollinating insects

Thin plum fruit in stages - preferably once at the beginning of the month and once at the end of the month

Thin apples lightly if the set of fruit seems heavy however it's best to wait until the natural fruit drop towards the end of the month before final thinning

Thin pears lightly if the set of fruit seems heavy however it's best to wait until the natural fruit drop towards the end of the month before final thinning

Continue to spray pears and apples against scab

Remove suckers and runners from between raspberry and strawberry rows if present 

Continue to spray raspberry and blackberry canes against spur blight if it is a known problem 

Continue to spray fruit trees and bushes against pests such as aphids, mites, caterpillars and other pests once the blossoms have faded

Keep all fruit trees and bushes watered in dry spells especially container and wall grown specimens

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Mid Summer 

(July -UK)

 

July Fruit

Harvesting Fruit in Mid Summer

Start harvesting blackberries, blueberries, nectarines and peaches as and when they mature

Continue harvesting Rhubarb picking 1 or 2 sticks from each plant at any one time

Continue  harvesting cherries, gooseberries, raspberries, red and white currants, strawberries

 

Pruning & training  fruit in Mid Summer

Prune cherry trees

Start summer pruning of all trained forms of fruit trees at the end of the month, only delaying if the weather is very wet

Summer prune bush and cordon red and white currants early in the month

As soon as raspberries have finished fruiting, cut down old canes and tie in newly grown replacement canes

Continue de-shooting wall trained trees paying particular attention to shoots which are pointing towards or away from the the wall

Continue training of all wall-trained fan trees

Continue the tying in and training of new canes on blackberries and hybrid berries

 

Care, propagation and protecting Fruit in Mid Summer

Check ties on all fruit trees and loosen if necessary

Continue to net fruit to protect from birds

Thin plum and damson fruit at the beginning of the month if not already done last month and support heavily lade branches if necessary

Complete the thinning of apples and support heavily lade branches if necessary

Complete the thinning of pears and support heavily lade branches if necessary

Continue to remove suckers and runners from between raspberry and strawberry rows if present 

Immediately after harvesting has finished, cut off the old leaves from summer fruiting strawberries, remove straw if used and cut off runners not required for propagating.

Start pegging down strawberry runners if more plants are required for next season

Continue to spray pears and apples against scab if necessary

Continue to spray fruit trees and bushes against pests such as aphids, mites, caterpillars and other pests once the blossoms have faded

Keep all fruit trees and bushes watered in dry spells especially container and wall grown specimens

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Late Summer

(August - UK)

 

August FruitHarvesting Fruit in Late Summer

Start harvesting apples, damsons, figs, pears and plums

Continue harvesting blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, nectarines, peaches, raspberries, redcurrants and  late strawberries as and when they mature

 

Pruning & Training fruit in Late Summer

Prune plum and damsons trees after fruiting

Start pruning over-vigorous trees

Continue summer pruning of all trained forms of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums and cherries

Continue pruning old raspberry canes canes and tying in newly grown replacement canes

Continue de-shooting wall trained trees paying particular attention to shoots which are pointing towards or away from the the wall

Continue training of all wall-trained fan trees

Continue the tying in and training of new canes on blackberries and hybrid berries

 

Care, propagation and protecting Fruit in Late Summer

Check ties on all fruit trees and loosen if necessary

Continue to protect fruit from birds

Continue to remove suckers and runners from between raspberry and strawberry rows if present 

Immediately after harvesting has finished, cut off the old leaves from summer fruiting strawberries, remove straw if used and cut off runners not required for propagating.

Continue pegging down strawberry runners if more plants are required for next season

Start preparing new strawberry beds

If necessary at the end of the month and once harvesting has finished, spray stone fruit against bacterial canker

If necessary after harvesting spray gooseberries and strawberries against mildew

If necessary after harvesting spray gooseberries and currants against leaf spot

Keep all fruit trees and bushes watered in dry spells especially container and wall grown specimens

 

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