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In just a few days July will be here! Boy time flies… and so our gardens grow in the heat. We’ve had our first flush of veggies like greens, radishes, carrots and more. It’s time to plant for a Fall Harvest.
That includes green beans and summer squash (that includes zucchini). Transplants of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower as well as seeds of kale, one of the best greens you can eat. They’re fabulous in smoothies, packed with a powerful antioxidant punch, you can pack them into the processor with fruits of your choice, almond milk and some protein powder and you’re good to go!
Oh, and reseed dill and cilantro if it hasn’t done it for you. By the way, the blooms attract beneficial bugs.
You can also sheer back some of your tired looking flowers, give them some fish emulsion and watch them take off again!
Perennials to deadhead for more bloom:
- hardy geranium
- blackeyed susans
They might not have as many blooms but it’s better than none or leaving the dead flowers on.
Annuals to deadhead for more bloom:
- petunias – if they’re leggy, cut some foliage back too
- sweet peas
As for your lawn, keep it mowed at a higher height of about 3 inches to help protect it from drought. When the heat comes, you may have to water your hanging baskets twice a day! A dry wind will really suck out the moisture. Your other containers also dry out faster, so check them daily. Uneven watering is a problem with tomatoes! Sometimes it just can’t be helped but try to be consistent. This will help with blossom end rot.