This Month in the Garden: July

The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me. – James Russell Lowell

For the lawn:

  • Water lawns deeply, or let lawn go dormant and water just once a month.
  • Mow regularly to prevent weed seed spread.
  • Avoid using fertilizers in hot, dry weather.

In the garden:

  • Plan for fall flowers. Some annual seeds, such as cosmos, sown in early July, will bloom in September.
  • Fertilize container gardens regularly with a liquid food.
  • Nip off dead flowers.
  • Allow shrub roses to “ripen”; don’t feed them after month’s end.
  • Start transplants for later crops: fall broccoli and cabbage, and overwintered broccoli,
    kale and onions.
  • Sow seeds of carrots, peas and rutabagas by mid-July.
  • Harvest beans, cucumbers and squash promptly for best flavor and production.

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