• Harvest Crops and Maintain Gardens in July - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at

  • July is when gardens provide almost a constant supply of fresh vegetables but it is also a time when much maintenance is required to keep yards looking their best.

    Pick Vegetables: By now, your vegetable garden should be yielding a steady stream of tomatoes, peppers, squash, radishes and herbs. Be sure to remove vegetables from plants as soon as they are ripe (maybe a little before) to encourage the plant to keep producing.

    Harvest Fruit: July is when apricots, nectarines, peaches, Valencia oranges and other fruit and citrus are ready for harvesting. Remove fruit as they ripen. Allowing fruit to remain on the tree attracts bugs and rodents.

    Prune Newly Planted Fruit Trees: Fruit on impossible-to-reach branches usually go to waste. Control the height of newly planted fruit trees while they are still young. Cut off limbs shooting from the top of the tree canopy throughout summer (primetime growing season).

    Vegetables To Plant In July: As long as you don't live in a climate zone prone to 100-plus degree-days in summer, eggplant, pepper, squash and tomato plants can still be planted in July.

    Plant Succulents: If you're trying to reduce your water usage, succulents are an excellent addition to most all landscapes. Succulents require little water, are easy to grow and have long lasting flowers. These varieties do especially well in most California climate zones (where frost is minimal): agave (some varieties can grow up to 6' wide), aloe (orange or yellow blooms) and jade plants (small white or pink flowers). The California Native Landscape Society lists 100 native succulents.

    Caring For Your Rose Bushes: Remove dried flowers by cutting back to the first leaf after rose flower clusters. Keep an open area in the middle of the rose bush for airflow. This will stimulate growth throughout the summer.

    For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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