Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 3-4

July 1 to July 31-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

July 's warm days are what gardeners have been waiting for all year long.  Ornamental gardens are excelling. One after another, perennials have been putting on floral displays; long-blooming annuals continue to shine. Vegetable gardens have been providing a bounty of tasty produce and will continue to for months to come. It's time to have summer get-togethers for family and friends. Wow them with your beautiful and productive yard.


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1. Watering is the key to success

1. Water is considered one of the most important elements for the survival and health of plants. Ensure that your garden is at its best with appropriate watering strategies.

2. Water effectively with the right tools for the job.

Watering needn't be a tedious chore or an expense. These Burpee products will make watering a cinch.

  • Spruce Creek RainSaver, , large
  • Ergonomic 7 Pattern Hand Sprayer, , large
  • Self Watering Planter , Trio 30, , large

3. Plan ahead for late summer and fall harvests - a Second Summer.

Want to have a second summer? Plan ahead and plant now to maintain a continuous harvest well into fall. July is a great time to plant. In fact, cool fall weather may improve the flavor of many vegetables.

4. Plant now for a successful Second Summer in zone 3 and 4.

Maximize your garden’s yield by planting multiple crops of plants that are tolerant of cool weather and light frost. It really is like a Second Summer!

  • Brassicas
    Brassica Plants at Burpee
  • Leafy Vegetables
    Leafy Vegetables
    Leafy vegetables are easy-to-grow and share a great deal with other leaf vegetables in nutrition and cooking methods.
  • Beets
    Beets are a favorite direct sow vegetable for spring or fall. With their earthy sweetness and rich color, beets are delicious pickled, roasted, steamed or baked. Tasty greens are a special treat. Very

5. Make a habit of doing a few things in the gardens every day - it will not be a chore but a delight!

Regular maintenance will keep ornamental gardens looking beautiful and vegetable gardens producing. Remove spent flowers on annuals regularly to keep new flowers coming on, stake climbing plants and harvest ripe vegetables regularly.

  • Straight Blade Pruning Shear, , large
  • Squash and Cucumber A-Frame, , large
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