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July 2019 Gardening Tips

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JULY 2019

    July 2019
    Gardening Checklist*

    What to SHOP for . . .
    Checkbox Annuals - Zinnias, Cleome, Ipomoea (morning glories), Amaranthus.
    Checkbox Perennials - Lantana, Nepeta, Erigeron karvinskianus, Gazania, Lavender, Fuchsias.
    Checkbox Veggies - Beets, Summer Squash, Potato tubers, Parsnip, Lettuce.
     


    Tasks to do . . .
    Checkbox Fertilizing - Begonias and Fuchsias are two of the darlings of the summer garden. Keep them happy and blooming by giving them half strength, all purpose liquid fertilizer once a week (Mary uses Maxsea). This is especially important for hanging basket begonias and fuchsias. In-ground plants can be fertilized once or twice a month with full strength fertilizer.
    Checkbox Pruning - Continue to deadhead (remove spent flowers and their stems) summer annuals, such as Cosmos, Zinnia, Coreopsis, Gaillardia pulchella, and Marigolds so the plants continue to bloom and not go to seed yet. Also remove spent flowers of Fuchsia and Begonias. Finish pinching off old Rhododendron flowers. Shear Erigeron to three inches when they are starting to look straggly, when about 60 percent of the plant has bloomed. Thin fruit from fruit trees. Thinning out some of the fruit will give more room for the fruit you leave to become a nice size and keep overly heavy branches from breaking later in the season when fruit is large. Also, thinning the fruit may help with having one season being a glut and the next season having few fruits.
    Checkbox Irrigation - Check inside the controller to make sure no insects have created problems with the electronics. If some plants are looking poorly due to lack of water while other plants on the same line look healthy, check the emitters to make sure they are working properly. Sometimes certain plants need more emitters or the emitters need to be changed to an emitter that puts out more water.
    Checkbox Watering - Nasturtiums will bloom more when they are not watered regularly. When watered every day, Nasturtiums grow huge leaves and stop flowering as well. When young, water regularly until the plants have grown then start to water less often. Remember to turn off the hosebib and empty hoses when finished using. On hot days, hoses can blow open. While they wait to be planted, new plants can be kept hydrated on super hot days by putting the containers in a tub of water with about one inch of water in the bottom.
       
    Free printable . . .
      Looking for a way to stay organized in your garden?
    Download this Free Printable Gardening Checklist* and you’ll be amazed how inspired you’ll feel!
    Let us know how you’re doing. You can do it!
    Remember, this printable was created as a short list of tasks with minimal information. If you would like more in-depth information,
    you can always refer back to the checklist above each month for more details.
     

    The Gardening Tutor 2019 Printable

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