July Garden Chores
As the days start heating up, the needs of your garden begin changing. Proper maintenance and care is needed during these hot months to ensure lush gardens and abundant crops. These garden chores for July will help keep your garden on the right track.
Deadhead & Prune
- Remove any dead flowers from your annuals and perennials to encourage new growth. This will help ensure that your flowers continue blooming throughout the season.
- Remove tomato suckers to keep the energy focused on the fruit on main branches.
- Pinch back mint, oregano and savory to promote bushier growth.
- Finish pruning spring-flowering shrubs by mid-month.
- Snip off the old flower clusters from rambler roses to encourage them to bloom all summer.
Harvest Vegetables Daily
- Not only do they taste better when young and tender, but harvesting tomatoes, zucchini, beans and other fruiting crops frequently encourages production and avoids attracting pests. Before you get started, read these 5 Tips for Harvesting Fruits & Vegetables.
- Follow THIS GUIDE for when to harvest each fruit and vegetable.
- Have an overabundance of vegetables? CLICK HERE for tips on how to properly store your harvest for peak freshness. Make the most of your harvest.
Check for Garden Pests
- It’s best to check for signs of pests or damage every day. The earlier you catch it, the better the outcome.
- The Farmer’s Almanac has a great guide to handling garden pests, you can check it out HERE.
- As the weather warms up, don’t neglect your watering. Water deeply in the morning and avoid light sprinklings. Water at the roots, not on the foliage.
- When there is less than an inch of rain in a week, water extra. Water in early morning.
- Water your containers twice a day. Apply a slow-release fertilizer every 2 weeks.
- Generally, trees and shrubs need deep watering every 10 to 14 days to a depth of 3 inches with a hose at the roots. Do not fertilize, so that they can start preparing for winter dormancy.
- Newly planted trees and shrubs need 1 – 2 thorough soakings per week and lawns need 1 – 1.5 inches of water per week. Soak, don’t sprinkle.
- Lightly fertilize long-season plants, such as onions, tomatoes and peppers, to help encourage growth. Be careful not to overfertilize.
- If your trees have any yellow or undersize foliage, start feeding them regularly. Be sure not to overfeed them.
- Feed your roses at mid-month to encourage more flowering.
- Fertilize your houseplants frequently to ensure vigorous growth.
Keep on Planting
- Sow vegetable seeds for your fall garden: carrots, beets, turnips, collards, Chinese cabbage, snap beans, radish, kohlrabi, endive, kale, rutabagas and summer squashes.
- You can sow a fall crop of bush beans now. Plant seeds two inches deep to protect them from the hot Sun. You can sow other vegetable seeds for an autumn yield, too, by planting them just a little deeper than you did in the spring. The best time to plant is after a rain shower.
- Start herbs such as parsley, dill and basil in pots for indoor use over the winter.
- Annuals and perennials can be planted at any time to fill in blank spaces in the garden. Late this month, plant iris and daylilies.
Information courtesy of Almanac.com