It finally heated up and this is what we expect in July: hot muggy weather.
It is time to keep up with the weeds, hoeing them out in the morning means that the hot sun is killing the weeds and not you. Afternoons are made for sipping lemonade in the shade of a tree.
Look for bargains beginning in the garden sections of the stores.
Keep your tomatoes and other veggies watered, either in the morning or evening. Keep water soaking the ground and spare the leaves, to avoid diseases. Fertilize.
You still have time to pinch the asters and the chrysanthemums, but do it right away, don’t wait until the second half of the month.
If you don’t have chrysanthemums, consider planting some. Small plants should put on good growth in the next month and be ready to bloom their heads off in the early fall.
Sow your cool season vegetables for your fall garden.
Time for annuals to get their haircuts; they will look renewed and refreshed if given a chance to put on new growth after you have trimmed back the seedy, floppy, spent growth of their first flush of the summer. Just trim away with sharp shears and then lightly fertilize and water.
For more July garden tasks, see the July calender page of tips and chores and the Summer garden pages.
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© 2011 written for Ilona’s Garden Journal. An excellent blog.