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July To-Do List

Whether you are traveling for summer or sticking to the garden, July’s To-Do List is always there for you. Let’s look at what to tackle this summer in the garden.

July To-Do List

Summer Pruning – once your fruit trees are done producing, and fully harvested, it’s time for some summer pruning. What’s the date to tackle this job? It depends on where you live and what your fruit trees are doing. Once you harvest, then do your summer pruning. Watch this video for guidance.

New pruning shears from Corona. Nice!

Put Down Mulch – dry summers are taxing for gardens. Help keep soil moist and plants happy by adding a 2-3″ layer of mulch around your plants. Keep pathways weed free by adding mulch there too. It’s a win-win situation, because fungi use mulch as food, and it improves your soil as it breaks down. Get free mulch delivery from Chip Drop. Just be prepared for a big drop.

Giant pile of mulch
A fresh mulch delivery from ChipDrop.

Protect Your Crops – keep corn worms out of your corn, cover lettuces with shade cloth, wrap apples with coddling moth protectors, and pick daily to keep ahead of the critters.

Fuji apple covered
We’ve covered the fruit on our Fuji apple tree with maggot barriers. It helps keep the rats at bay as well as apple maggots.

Clean Up – deadhead spent flowers to trigger late summer blooms. Weed those pathways before putting down mulch.

California poppies come up faithfully each year. Prune them to keep them looking nice.

Now the Fun Stuff!

Harvest! – This is what we garden for! Timing, however, is everything. Search our archives for the best timing to harvest crops. Just click on the magnifying glass in the toolbar and type “harvesting” plus whatever veggie or fruit you want. You’ll find articles on just about every fruit and vegetable you can grow. You may have to pick early to prevent unintended sharing with wildlife.

Make Stuff – now is the time to start enjoying the fruits of your labor. Eat it fresh, process it for canning, freezing, or drying.

Enjoy! – Sit back with a glass of lemonade and enjoy the garden. Just look at all you’ve done. You’re amazing. You should be proud. Share one of your tasks below when you check it off your July To-Do List so we can celebrate your accomplishment. We’re here to help you grow a great garden this summer.

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