What To Plant
Successive plantings of vegetables will prolong the harvest. Choose early and late producing varieties to extend your harvest. As plants reach the end of their production remove them from the garden.
Try portulaca, lantana, bush germander and rockrose for plants that love the heat and whose bloom will beautify your garden.
Refresh your house plants by moving they outside but not in direct sunlight for a few weeks in the summer. They will likely require more water.
July Bonus: Tips For Drying Herbs
As temperatures warm herbs grow and produce lots of foliage. Now is a good time to think of drying some for future use in the fall and winter.
For large-leafed herbs such as basil, rosemary, and sage can be hung upside down in a warm, dry place. Be sure it’s has good air circulation and is protected from direct sun exposure. Snip off leafy stems, tie the cut ends together with twine, and hang each bundle. The herbs should be dry and crisp after about two weeks. Strip leaves off stems. Store the leaves in an air-tight container and keep them out of the sunlight. You can also spread them out on a clean window screen set in a warm, dry, airy place away from direct sun.
For fine-leafed herbs such as oregano and thyme, remove foliage from stems and spread the leaves. Stir them every few days; once they feel crisp, store in an airtight container.
- Mulching makes the summer easier on your garden. It retains moisture and helps minimize weeds. Use a 3 to 4 inch layer of Master Nursery Black Forest for the best results.
- Watering is important during the summer months, but avoid the mistake of watering in the evening when fungus can attach itself to damp blades. Established plants need regular deep soakings and mulching makes a big difference in keeping roots cool.
- Fallen fruit, vegetables and flowers can play host to various pests such as worms, borers and larvae so be sure to clean up regularly.
Maintenance & Fertilizers
Remember to water plants under eaves and in hidden corners. Soak hanging baskets and container plants during the summer heat.
Keep bougainvillea vines on the dry side while they’re blooming to ensure the brightest colors.
Don’t prune severely in summer. Thin plants lightly instead.
July is a good month to make sure all your plants are fed. When plants are on different feeding schedules some can get forgotten. Organic fertilizers like Dr Earth and Garden Elements bring longer lasting results.
Monthly fertilizing and deadheading (removing) spent blossoms is the key to continued bloom from your flowering plants this summer.