Can you believe that we are already in the month of July? One moment I looked at the calendar and Summer was already halfway over. July is one of my favorite months of the year as a gardener because now is the time when your plants (should) be growing well. It’s so satisfying to see those little sprouts push their way up through the soil. But gardening in July isn’t all about waiting for your veggies to harvest…there are a few other things you need to do, too. Keep reading my July gardening almanac for more information below.
Mid-July is the perfect time to re-fertilize all of your crops. Give container crops, garden crops, and even shrubs or trees an additional dose of nitrogen fertilizer. This will help them get through the Summer months (and even the winter months) unscathed. Plus, this little extra dosage of fertilizer will help your crops produce tasty vegetables throughout the remainder of the season.
Are you growing tall flowers? Now is a good time to stake those plants and keep them upright through the remainder of the growing season. You’ll be glad you did when they start to sag in the hot summer months. This is one of those must-do chores for gardening in July!
Help your crops beat the heat with a little help from a soaker hose. Use a soaker hose to keep the plants that need it cooled off and wet. Just keep an eye on your plants to make sure that you don’t over water with this method!
Add a layer or two of mulch to the base of your sensitive veggie plants and flower bushes. Cover the base of the plant in an inch or two of mulch to protect roots from the dry summer heat. This is essential for gardening in July!
Around the first week or two of July, go around your garden deadheading (removing the dead blooms) all of the shrubs and blooms that need it. I have a great tutorial on deadheading blooms here. Regular deadheading throughout the growing season will motivate flowers to continue producing blooms.
Around the end of July, my patio furniture gets really dusty and dirty. No one wants to sit on something that makes your butt dirty, so set aside some time this month to hose off your patio furniture. A simple hose will do the trick, but if you have tricky stains, I recommend using a power washer instead!