- The benefits of cutting back spring flowers and vegetables post-season, and how leaving the roots in the ground can be a game-changer for your soil health
- The importance of adding compost or worm castings for heavy feeders and the role of mulching in your garden
- The value of keeping detailed garden records and enlisting a garden babysitter to help with harvesting and frost dates
Your Ultimate Guide to July Gardening: Boosting Blooms, Soil Health, and Fall Harvest
Hello, fellow gardeners! Today, let’s talk about some essential gardening tips for the month of July. I know that depending on where you are in the world, your exact gardening tasks will vary. However, there are some general trends and tasks that apply more or less to everyone. So, without further ado, let’s dive into these helpful tips that will make your garden flourish this July.
1. Cut back spring flowers and vegetables
As we enter July, it’s time to cut back the spring flowers and vegetables that are done for the season. But don’t pull them out! Instead, cut them off at the soil level, leaving the roots in the ground to decompose. This is a great way to improve your soil health and reduce the workload.
2. Deadhead and harvest flowers regularly
Deadheading, or cutting off old flowers, is an essential task for July gardening. This simple skill can have beautiful blooms gracing your garden all summer long. Don’t forget to harvest your flowers as well. This is a critical step for keeping your cut and come again type of flowers productive.
“The more you cut, the more the flower is going to produce new blooms. So by picking those fresh bouquets filling your vases, you’re actually helping the plant to produce more for you and those bees and hummingbirds that you’re feeling guilty about taking flowers away from.”Jessica, host of Organic Gardening For Beginners
3. Plant your last round of summer crops
Now is the time to plant your last hurrah of hot weather crops like basil, zinnias, cosmos, sunflowers, and zucchini. If you have any leftover seedlings, get them in the ground as soon as possible.
4. Keep an eye out for pests and disease
As you walk through your garden, make sure to keep an eye out for any pests or diseases, so you can catch them early on. This is especially important for pests like cucumber beetles and Colorado potato beetles, which can multiply quickly and cause significant damage.
5. Water and mulch
Make sure to water your plants deeply and less frequently, rather than watering lightly and frequently. This will encourage your plants to grow deeper root systems, which is beneficial for their overall health. Don’t forget to add mulch to your garden beds to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
6. Maintain your garden records
Keeping track of your garden records is essential for a successful garden. Note down any signs of bugs or diseases, how your spring plantings performed, and when you had your last frost date. This information will be invaluable for future gardening seasons.
7. Enlist a garden buddy
If you’re going on vacation, don’t forget to find a garden babysitter to help with watering, harvesting, deadheading, and general maintenance. This will ensure that your garden continues to thrive even when you’re not around.
8. Provide water for birds and pollinators
Put out a bird bath or bird water source to help your feathered friends and pollinators stay hydrated during the hot summer months. Adding a floating cork or corn cob can provide a landing pad for bees and butterflies to access the water safely.
9. Plan your fall garden
Finally, start thinking about your fall garden. It might seem a bit early, but planning ahead is crucial for a successful fall harvest. Consider what you’d like to plant and where you’ll put the new plants when your garden is packed full of summer crops.
There you have it – your ultimate guide to July gardening! Remember, these tasks are spread out over the month, so don’t feel overwhelmed. Tackle one or two tasks each weekend, and you’ll have a vibrant and flourishing garden that you’ll be proud of. Happy gardening!