All Posts   Posted:   June 28, 2019 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education Director

Long hot days and warm nights make July a great time for outdoor living, but remember to water! Hanging baskets, containers, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and new plantings are especially vulnerable to weather stress. From lead-free hoses and expert advice to complete irrigation systems, we can help make things easier.

FOR FRESH COLOR

Hanging baskets, window boxes, and flower pots are looking great and provide lots of color around the deck, porch, and patio. Continue to fertilize every 2 weeks and spray petunias and geraniums for the worm that eats the flower buds (white butterfly/moths flying around them).

  • Gardner & Bloome Liquid Fertilizer
  • Bonide Captain Jacks BT or Caterpillar Killer for budworms

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE

Mulch garden beds to conserve moisture and keep roots cooler. Measure or estimate how much is needed to cover about 1 inch with Soil Building Conditioner. Early morning is the best time to water vegetable and flower gardens to reduce evaporation. Water the soil rather than the leaves to reduce disease; water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth.

If a green lawn is desired, make sure lawn areas are receiving adequate water (approximately 0.5 to 1.5 inches per week June through August). Deep watering less often is more effective than frequent shallow watering. Measure your water use by placing an empty tuna can where your irrigation water lands.

The dusty white stuff on leaves of roses, lilacs, azaleas, and more is a fungal disease called powdery mildew; it seems to thrive at this time of year. Take a sample into the garden center for confirmation and solution.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN


Slugs are still out there munching, so another application of Sluggo or Sluggo Plus will be helpful, especially around vegetables.

Edibles to plant this month include snap beans, kale, lettuce (starts), and radishes. Water new seedlings well and shade them from hot afternoon sun until established. 

It’s already time to think about fall/winter crops to replace the peas, radishes, and other early spring plantings. Sow seeds of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, radicchio, overwintering cauliflower and broccoli, and celery (starts) for harvest in September through April, depending on the crop. 

Late this month, begin to monitor for early and late blight on tomatoes (potato, eggplant, and peppers too). Correct by pruning for air circulation, picking off affected leaves, and/or treat with organic fungicide. 

  • Use Bonide Copper Fungicide for organic disease control
  • Place traps to catch adult apple maggot flies
  • Use pheromone traps to monitor presence of pests
  • July 17-23: 3rd spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary
  • Bonide Captain Jacks (hose-end sprayer)
  • Cover blueberry bushes with netting to keep birds from eating all of the berries

IN THE GARDEN SHED

Spider mites can become a problem on ornamentals, vegetables, and fruiting plants during hot, dry weather; watch for dusty-looking foliage, loss of color, and/or presence of tiny mites and very fine webbing. Wash infested areas several times with water or spray with Bonide Neem Oil. 

Are there partial bags/boxes of unused fertilizer being stored in your garage, shed, or other areas? Use now on plants in need of a boost; use as directed and be sure to water well after fertilizing.

FOR FUN

It’s summer entertaining and party time! Pick some fresh herbs from the garden (try mint, thyme, lavender, or rosemary) and use to make flavored simple syrups:

  • Use equal parts sugar and water (ex. 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water)
  • Fresh herbs (more or less depending on desired flavor strength)

In a saucepan, melt sugar in the water over medium-high heat until completely dissolved. Add herbs; if using woody herbs such as lavender, thyme, or rosemary, simmer on low for 10-15 minutes; if using soft herbs such as mint, basil, or dill, remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain liquid and store in refrigerator (use within a week or two). Add syrups to iced tea, fruit juice, or cocktails for unique flavor from the garden.

Long hot days and warm nights make July a great time for outdoor living, but remember to water! Hanging baskets, containers, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and new plantings are especially vulnerable to weather stress. From lead-free hoses and expert advice to complete irrigation systems, we can help make things easier.

FOR FRESH COLOR

Hanging baskets, window boxes, and flower pots are looking great and provide lots of color around the deck, porch, and patio. Continue to fertilize every 2 weeks and spray petunias and geraniums for the worm that eats the flower buds (white butterfly/moths flying around them).

  • Gardner & Bloome Liquid Fertilizer
  • Bonide Captain Jacks BT or Caterpillar Killer for budworms

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE

Mulch garden beds to conserve moisture and keep roots cooler. Measure or estimate how much is needed to cover about 1 inch with Soil Building Conditioner. Early morning is the best time to water vegetable and flower gardens to reduce evaporation. Water the soil rather than the leaves to reduce disease; water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth.

If a green lawn is desired, make sure lawn areas are receiving adequate water (approximately 0.5 to 1.5 inches per week June through August). Deep watering less often is more effective than frequent shallow watering. Measure your water use by placing an empty tuna can where your irrigation water lands.

The dusty white stuff on leaves of roses, lilacs, azaleas, and more is a fungal disease called powdery mildew; it seems to thrive at this time of year. Take a sample into the garden center for confirmation and solution.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN


Slugs are still out there munching, so another application of Sluggo or Sluggo Plus will be helpful, especially around vegetables.

Edibles to plant this month include snap beans, kale, lettuce (starts), and radishes. Water new seedlings well and shade them from hot afternoon sun until established. 

It’s already time to think about fall/winter crops to replace the peas, radishes, and other early spring plantings. Sow seeds of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, radicchio, overwintering cauliflower and broccoli, and celery (starts) for harvest in September through April, depending on the crop. 

Late this month, begin to monitor for early and late blight on tomatoes (potato, eggplant, and peppers too). Correct by pruning for air circulation, picking off affected leaves, and/or treat with organic fungicide. 

  • Use Bonide Copper Fungicide for organic disease control
  • Place traps to catch adult apple maggot flies
  • Use pheromone traps to monitor presence of pests
  • July 17-23: 3rd spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees, as necessary
  • Bonide Captain Jacks (hose-end sprayer)
  • Cover blueberry bushes with netting to keep birds from eating all of the berries

IN THE GARDEN SHED

Spider mites can become a problem on ornamentals, vegetables, and fruiting plants during hot, dry weather; watch for dusty-looking foliage, loss of color, and/or presence of tiny mites and very fine webbing. Wash infested areas several times with water or spray with Bonide Neem Oil. 

Are there partial bags/boxes of unused fertilizer being stored in your garage, shed, or other areas? Use now on plants in need of a boost; use as directed and be sure to water well after fertilizing.

FOR FUN

It’s summer entertaining and party time! Pick some fresh herbs from the garden (try mint, thyme, lavender, or rosemary) and use to make flavored simple syrups:

  • Use equal parts sugar and water (ex. 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water)
  • Fresh herbs (more or less depending on desired flavor strength)

In a saucepan, melt sugar in the water over medium-high heat until completely dissolved. Add herbs; if using woody herbs such as lavender, thyme, or rosemary, simmer on low for 10-15 minutes; if using soft herbs such as mint, basil, or dill, remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain liquid and store in refrigerator (use within a week or two). Add syrups to iced tea, fruit juice, or cocktails for unique flavor from the garden.