Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in July:
- Keep watering and weeding.
- Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well.
- Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive.
- Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases.
- At least once this month, feed your vegetable plants with a foliar feed of fish emulsion.
- Start figuring out what you want to grow for your fall garden. Either start plants (such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, etc.) from seed now, or track down a good source of transplants.
- Keep deadheading to keep plants looking their best.
- Water regularly.
- Fertilize once a week with a diluted (1/4 strength) solution of fish emulsion.
- You can still sow seeds for many annuals, such as zinnias and marigolds, all through July for fall color as well.
- Regular maintenance, such as staking and deadheading, will keep your perennials looking their best.
- If you haven’t mulched your perennial beds already, this is a good time to do so. It will keep weeds down and reduce how much watering you’ll need to do.
- If you’re growing tall plants, such as dahlias, stake them as needed.
- If you still have foliage from spring bulbs (tulips, daffodils, etc.) in your garden, you can remove it once it turns brown.
Trees and Shrubs
- Prune any spring-flowering shrubs this month.
- Feed your shrubs with a granulated organic fertilizer, or topdress with some good compost.
- Trees and shrubs will need an inch of water per week to stay healthy, either from rain or from the hose.