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Your Regional Garden News - Zone 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.  

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July is a happy time in Zone 3 and 4 gardens. Despite the fact that days are getting shorter, they're also getting warmer! As gardens crops start to yield, we're picking fruits and vegetables for the dinner table. Soon we'll be canning and freezing the extra bounty for winter. Ornamental gardens are lush. Time outside in our little piece of the earth is glorious.

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    Learn how to maximize your garden

    After harvesting early maturing vegetables, it's time to plant other crops for fall harvesting. Use every inch of your garden soil to maximize the harvest. Just as summer heat begins gardeners are already planning for cool weather vegetables.

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    Continue to plant seeds now for fall harvest

    Plant fast-maturing crops for fall harvesting. They'll germinate quickly in July's warm soils. These cold-tolerant varieties can even handle a bit of frost. It's often said that the cold weather makes them sweeter.

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    Turn garden trash into treasure - compost

    Efficient gardeners know that when we remove the debris from one crop to make way for a succession crop, the spent vegetation should be placed in a compost bin. We know that we really can turn trash into treasure! Old leaves, spent flowers, vegetable peels and more, decomposes into compost - "black gold" for gardens.

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    Garden history lessons all still apply to today's garden

    Learn about historic gardening practices around the world. Throughout time, cultures have gardened to feed their bodies and their souls.

     
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    Some flowers bloom all summer long then flourish come fall

    Gardeners are always planning ahead and preparing for the next season. We know that flower colors are more intense in the fall as the days grow shorter and the temperature cools off. Many cool-season annual flowers flourish in these conditions: they bloom vigorously, and their flowers last a long time. Here are a few of the best choices:

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Veteran gardeners often claim a drop of mineral oil placed on the end of a developing ear of corn will discourage earworms. But Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) sprinkled on the emerging corn silk is more effective. The best way to avoid earworms altogether is by planting a short-season variety like ‘Early and Often’ or ‘Early Choice’ as early as possible. Earworms usually cause the most damage in late summer. So, if you can harvest early, the corn will be on the dinner table long before the earworms have a chance to damage the crop.