• Late July: Feeding Roses

    Don’t feed your roses after the end of July so that the growth can slow down before the weather turns cold.

  • July: Seed for Fall Crops

    Mid-month, sow lettuce, radishes, and arugula for the fall crop. Carrots seeded by mid-July will keep in the ground well after the snow flies.

  • July: Clean Up After Harvesting Fruits

    Remove old raspberry canes and trim back strawberry plants after fruiting.

  • July: Encourage Fall Blooms

    Pinch back Chrysanthemums and Fall Asters for to encourage more branching and more blooms.

  • July: Crusted Soil

    Heavy summer rains can cause bare garden soil to form a crust.  Lightly scratch the soil with a long-handled cultivator to loosen the soil and allow air and moisture to penetrate.  Mulch can become matted and should be loosened as well.

  • July: Delphiniums

    Cut delphiniums down to the ground (or new basal growth) when they have finished blooming.  Feed them with a liquid organic fertilizer at this time to encourage a second bloom period.

  • July: Moisture + Heat

    The combination of lots of moisture followed by heat will cause weed and flower seeds to germinate quickly and prolifically.  Pull the weeds and unwanted seedlings when they appear.  The garden will look tidier for your effort and the unwanted seedlings won’t be taking nutrients away from your plants.

  • July: Peonies

    The spent blooms on peonies should be removed and the foliage can be trimmed back a little so that it can stand up.  DO NOT cut the peony foliage down to the ground until fall.

  • July: Do Not Fertilize Your Perennials

    At this time of year, most perennials neither need nor want to be fertilized.  An exception would be delphiniums which will appreciate a feeding after their first bloom period.  Use a balanced organic, water soluble fertilizer.

  • July: Picking Peas and Beans

    Use two hands or a pair of secateurs when picking peas and beans.  The top should come off with the bean/pea rather than being left on the plant.  Pulling the beans/peas off with one hand will often result in breaking a branch off the plant or pulling the entire plant out of the ground.  Pick often to encourage the plants to continue to produce fruit.

     

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