Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

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:

June is the true start of summer which brings with it heat, humidity and lots going on in the garden. Seeds can still be planted – particularly in the vegetable garden – but also in the flower beds.

 

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1. Succession Planting

Some vegetables have a relatively short life and bolt (put out seeds) in a matter of weeks. Others, like root vegetables are harvested by pulling the whole plant up. These are great for what is called succession planting.

 

2. Seeds for succession planting

Plant a few of these varieties every 2 weeks to get a long harvest.

 

  • Cilantro
    Cilantro
    Coriander is also known as cilantro and is a favored ingredient in Mexican and Asian cuisine.
  • Beans
    Beans
    Burpee bean seeds are perfect for any home garden. Shop snap, sugar, lima and soybeans at Burpee.com.
  • Carrots
    Carrots
    Direct sow carrot seeds every 2 weeks during the second season and mulch to keep the ground from freezing to pull sweet carrots all winter.

3. Pollinators

Pollinators are important for all our summer crops and for farmers across the country. Add a few pollinator plants to your garden and help the bees and other insects stay healthy.

4. Fast Growing Flowers

Many flowers can still be sown into the warm ground where they will catch up with the ones already growing. Sunflowers, Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower) and balsam all germinate quickly and flower in just a few weeks! Remember to keep the seeds watered until they are well established.

 

  • Sunflowers
    Sunflowers
    Sunflower seeds at Burpee
  • Tithonia, Sundance , , large

5. Irrigation

Get Ready for Droughts: You know it is going to happen. Droughts occur every year and the plants suffer. Go easy on yourself and get some tools to make irrigation easier for you. Rain barrels help preserve what rain does arrive and self-watering containers help your container flowers stay moist without you watering twice a day.

 

  • SpringSaver Rainbarrel, , large
  • Self Watering Planter , Trio 30, , large
  • Self-Watering Hanging Basket, , large