The Garden Path

The Garden Path is dedicated to showcasing information related to gardening- including tips, monthly events and more. We hope you enjoy this go-to guide for the months of July and August.

 

Summer Gardening Tips

Monthly Garden To Do List 

JULY

  • Water deeply, especially trees.  Don’t rely on your sprinkler system to water adequately in summer.

  • Check irrigation systems for proper function – may need to extend the watering periods to make sure roots are watered.

  • Maintain mulch at 2-3” depth  -- add new mulch if needed – to conserve moisture

  • Prepare vegetable gardens for fall planting – pull weeds & add compost

  • Plant vegetable plants:  tomato, peppers, squash & cucumbers. Plant herbs: basil, oregano, thyme

  • Plant pumpkin seeds for October Jack-O-Lanterns. Other seeds to plant: corn, cucumber, okra, black-eyed peas, beans, cantaloupe

  • Identify insect and fungal problems and treat with least toxic solution

  • Feed the birds. Keep bird baths clean and filled with fresh water

  • Eliminate standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding

  • Deadhead annuals and perennials to encourage a great fall showing

  • Stay hydrated and protect yourself from UV rays (sunscreen/hats/sunglasses).

August

  • Keep an eye on lawns to spot problems early and treat accordingly.  Insects such as chinch bugs (treat with EcoSmart granules or diatomaceous earth) and fungi such as grey leaf spot (treat with Actino-Iron) are two things to watch out for.  All of these organic products can be found in our plant care shed.

  • Hummingbirds are here!!  Migrating hummingbirds can be found at your feeders and natural nectar sources.  Keeping feeders clean, filled and in a shady area will encourage visitors. 
    Recipe for Nectar:
    • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of granulated sugar, stir until dissolved.
    • Allow to cool, fill feeders.  Keep excess sealed in refrigerator.

  • Natural nectar sources for hummingbirds include turk’s cap, hamelia, shrimp plant, firespike, salvia, lobelia (cardinal flower), Pride of Barbados, anisacanthus, and cigar plants.  These are all hummer magnets.

  • Seeds to plant now include cucumbers, calendula, snapdragon and alyssum. Plan for the fall vegetable garden and choose seeds for planting next month.  

  • For preparing fall gardens, top dress with 2-4” of organic matter: compost like Ladybug Revitalizer and The Ground Up Vegan Compost are great choices.  A layer of pinestraw will keep weeds at bay until seeds or transplants have been placed.

  • Plant transplants for tomatoes and peppers now.  Keep young plants protected from intense midday heat by placing cages over plants and clothes pinning newspaper or cardboard at the second rung level.  This temporary shade device can be removed once plants reach height of the cardboard; they are established.

  • Use seaweed spray such as Microlife Seaweed to boost the immune system of plants.  A healthy plant is more resistant to insect infestations and fungal problems.  A spray-down every two weeks that covers the entire surface of all leaves will do the job.

  • Continue slow, deep watering to encourage proper root growth and prevent runoff.  Watering longer and less often encourages deep root growth and healthier plants.  Soaker hoses or a regular hose turned on to a slow drip are good ways to do this.

  • Feed the soil.  Medina Soil Activator and Lady Bug Terra Tonic actually feed the micro-organisms in the soil which improves soil quality and reduces compaction, in turn increase water holding capabilities.  Healthy plants start with healthy soil.

  • Mulch, mulch, mulch.  Mulching keeps plant roots cooler and weed seeds at bay.  Apply 3” deep around trees and shrubs.  The Ground Up Vitamulch and Native Hardwood Mulch are some of our favorites.  Add compost around annuals, herbs, and vegetables.  Remember: never pile mulch against the base of a plant.

 

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June Yard of the Month
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