July

July is the start of the holidays, and when harvest gets into full swing.

If the first of July be rainy weather, ’twill rain, more or less, for four weeks together.

English Proverb
A summertime lunch with a view from Kingston to Corfe Castle

The hazy memories of youth (at any age) are often associated with the long, hot summer days, where anything seems possible. Although the solstice has gone, the days are still long and July and August can be the hottest months. Harvest gets into full swing – it’s the month of plenty. So many seasonal foods, it’s a delicious time of yar. Busy roads become empty, empty roads become full. Deserted beaches are more crowded than the city streets. No better thing to do on a hot day than sit in the shade of a mighty tree and watch the world go by.

Notable Dates in July

1st -5th July – Henley Royal Regatta

3rd – 5th July – Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

4th & 5th July – Wales Airshow

5th July – Full Moon

7th – 12th July – RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

17th – 19th July – Bristol Harbour Festival

19th July – World Snail Racing Championship

20th July – New Moon

20th – 23rd July – The Royal Welsh Show

22nd – 26th July – RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

24th – 26th July – The Big Cheese Festival

28th July – 1st August – Glorious Goodwood Festival

30th July – 2nd August – Bestival

July seasonal Foods

What is seasonal in July.

If you would like a selection of Seasonal Organic produce, try Riverford veg, fruit and meat boxes

Greens and leaves:  Basil, Chervil, Cavolo nero, Cabbage, Lamb’s lettuce, Lettuce, Mint, Pak choi, Radicchio, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss chard, Watercress.

Roots and other veg: Aubergine, Beetroot, Broad bean, Carrot, Courgette, Courgette flower, Fennel bulb, Garlic, Globe artichoke Onion, Spring onion, Mangetout, Pepper, Potato, New potatoes, Peas, Radish, Runner bean, Tomato.

Meat: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.

Fruits: Blackcurrants, Cherry, Gooseberry, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Strawberry, Tayberry.

Seafood: Crab, Halibut, Salmon, Kipper, Mackerel, Tuna.

Exotics: Banana, Pomegranate, Nectarine, Watermelon.

In nature

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On the Farm

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Bright geranium outside a house

Things to do in July

In the July garden

What to plant and sow

Gardening hints

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Out and about

Long summer days.

A narrow boat cruising down the kennet and Avon canal.

Recipe of the month.

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Ingredients

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Some Salt.

Equipment.

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Kitchen roll can be useful.


A large cup or mug you don’t use too often.

Preparation

Cooking

Colourful hanging baskets outside a cottage.

Activities, things to see and do in July

With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.

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July in pictures