In July, we like to spend a lot of time outdoors to take advantage of the good weather and the long days. The time is rather to idleness, because July corresponds to the holidays for a large majority of us. Except that the garden itself knows no respite. July is even a time of year that requires spending a lot of time on your crops if you don’t want to see them die. So here is everything you need to do in the garden in July to occupy your free time!
Work in the vegetable garden in July
What a joy to be able to spend time in the garden both to take care of your plants and to harvest. And what is certain is that there is no shortage of tasks during the summer period …
- Prune vegetable plants that require it such as zucchini, tomato and cucumber,
- Pinch the greedy,
- Replace the stakes that are too small with larger and stronger ones so that the stems do not collapse under the weight of the fruit (tomatoes for example),
- Butter beans and potatoes that already have leaves,
- Sow (every ten days to spread the crops):
- Sow green manure in a corner of the garden where nothing has been cultivated,
- Biner for :
- Unpack the earth,
- Prevent weeds from developing because hoeing is also used for weeding, and in particular for hunting Canada thistle, a weed classified among noxious plants,
- Keep the humidity at the foot of the plants (don’t we say that a good hoeing is worth two waterings?).
- Cut the canes of the raspberry bush which have given fruit,
- Water the raspberry tree abundantly in periods of high heat because it does not benefit from the water in depth due to the fact that its roots are quite short,
- Water, but be careful, not during the hottest hours. Watering in July should be done very early in the morning or, if the nights are particularly hot, in the evening.
- Harvest all the good produce from the vegetable garden such as radishes, salads, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, eggplant, peas, aromatics, melons, strawberries, raspberries, currants …
What to do in the orchard in July
The orchard also needs a little attention during the month of July.
- Mulch to limit the evaporation process due to the high temperatures in July,
- To harvest all the good fruits of the orchard, namely:
- The cherries,
- The first apples,
- Summer pears …
- Protect the bunches of grapes in formation against greedy birds by placing a perforated bag on each of them. These protections which do not suffocate the fruit, allow water and air to pass through. They also protect the grapes against summer bad weather such as heavy stormy rains.
- Finish pruning fruit trees if you have done it a little late,
- Treat fruit trees that show the first signs of disease with natural solutions,
- Remove excess apples and pears if necessary to take advantage of a better harvest.
Tasks to be done in the pleasure garden in July
Nature lovers who have neither a vegetable patch nor an orchard will not, however, stay with both feet in the same shoe because in July the pleasure garden needs all of us to take care of it. days. Moreover, it is undoubtedly the pleasure part which, in the garden, on the terrace or the balcony, requires the greatest availability on the part of the gardener. He must ultimately devote himself to it relentlessly (or almost) because it is necessary:
- Water plants in the ground and in pots, knowing that the latter are even more exposed to the risk of drought. However, you should not overuse the hose or the watering can at the risk of drowning the roots. For some plants, it is necessary to let the substrate or the soil dry out somewhat before watering again, as is the case with Bougainvillea for example and citrus fruits. Watering flowering plants and shrubs during the summer requires good judgment and you must always take into account the weather forecast in order to water neither too much nor not enough.
- Divide the stems of perennials which have grown and have finished flowering. This is the case of Irises, primroses …,
- Sow biennial plants like forget-me-nots, pansies, poppies and foxgloves that will need to be transplanted after the start of September,
- Trellis Climbers of the type Climbing Abutilon, Honeysuckle, Passionflower, Dipladenia, Star Jasmine, Ipomée, Plumbago, Nasturtium, Spanish bean, Rosebush, etc.,
- Hoe the flowerbeds so that the water penetrates perfectly,
- Weed the beds without forgetting the pots and planters because there too the weeds find something to develop,
- Fertilize by adding liquid fertilizer to be diluted in the irrigation water once or twice a month depending on the cultivated species,
- Stake plants that risk breaking under strong winds in the event of a storm, such as Gladiolus, Lily, Dahlia,
- Cut the wilted flowers as you go to maintain the aesthetic appearance of ornamental plants but also because it promotes the production of new flowers. A good solution is to remove all flowers from ornamental shrubs and roses before going on vacation. When they return, these plants will be in bud again and there will be no faded flowers to remove.
- Dig up the spring bulbs (optional) if and only if all the leaves are completely yellow and withered (tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, Dutch Iris, etc.)
- Place potted plants in semi-shaded areas so that they do not suffocate on a terrace in full sun where there is no air,
- Collect the seeds of all the plants that you want to multiply by seed,
- Cutting Oleander, Lavender, Silver and gold baskets, Rosemary, Cistus, Hydrangea, Rhododendron, Camellia.
Gardeners who decide to go on vacation in July have every interest in entrust care and maintenance from their pleasure garden to a good soul so as not to find their plants in beds, flowerbeds and tubs of all kinds in a sorry state on their return. If you have planned to leave for several weeks, it is also necessary to entrust the maintenance of the vegetable garden to someone who knows a bit about gardening. In return, it will be able to benefit from the current harvests.