Hot and dry July weather can
cause havoc in gardens so use water wisely and keep up with plant maintenance
so gardens look their best this month, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based
manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic material
collected from more than 50 California cities.
Water Wisely: You can still have a beautiful garden without
using a lot of water, even during the summer. Early morning watering allows for
deep soil penetration (six to eight inches) and reduces evaporation. Consider
using a water probe to check moisture levels. Use soaker hoses for gardens and
water in the early morning as well. Be sure to add mulch. Mulch will retain
water, which is important during the year's hottest months--and keeps roots
cool even during the heat of the day. It also reduces erosion so its use on
hillsides and slopes is recommended.
Heads": A daily July task in a flower garden is to cut back droopy or brown
flowers. This will not only keep the garden looking fresh, but will encourage
new flower growth for the remainder of summer.
Add Color to Your
Garden: Stop by any nursery in July and you will see an array of plants
with brilliantly colored flowers. If there is a bare spot in your garden, an
easy quick fix is to add already-blooming annuals. The color will not last
long, however, typically through early fall.
Vegetables: Pick vegetables as soon as they are ripe. Also, remove any
overripe fruit immediately since this fruit quickly attracts bugs. Do not let zucchini
get too big. They are at their best when four or five inches long. Watermelons
will be ready to pick when the vine leading to the fruit turns brown, the
watermelon skin becomes dull and its bottom (the part touching the ground) is a
Still Time to
Plant Vegetables: Add vegetable plants to your garden for a late summer,
early fall harvest. These vegetables include beans, beets, carrots, corn, cantaloupe, okra squash and spinach.
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