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July - What's in Lisa's Garden?

Lisa Colburn

 

In My Garden (Zone 3-4)

Lisa Colburn
Lisa Colburn is a crazy gardener, great cook and author of The Maine Garden Journal.


 

I drifted into a summer nap under the hot shad of July, Serenaded by a cicadae lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder.

-Terri Guillemets

My garden was featured in a garden tour at the end of June. While June can be a fabulous month for garden tours in most of the country, my garden is usually at its best in July. In Zone 3 areas we only start getting warm days AND nights this month.

While I'm weeding my gardens, I pay special attention to volunteers that have popped up through out my ornamental and vegetable gardens. I'm particularly fond of this dianthus that has been appearing throughout my gardens. It always seems to find the right spot - this time near a small water feature.

One of the delights of having a garden is being able to eat fresh salad greens all summer long. Right now, spinach and lettuce are at their best. Heirloom Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach has a fabulous yield and is slow to bolt. I've been plucking small leaves to put in salads and we've been enjoying it with dinner - steamed with a dab of butter.

One of the secrets to using fewer pesticides on my food crops is using floating row cover to keep the insects away from the plants. In these photos you see my broccoli and kale under cover. The kale leaves are always perfect and my broccoli is beautiful! 

I'm loving being outside to experience my garden in bloom. My oriental poppies stunned everyone with their size and color this year. Because we had a cool spring, they bloomed later than usual. The last ones to bloom are extending the show. They were definitely one of my WOW plants.! lol 

My garden shed has been flanked by a few large-leafed, moisture-loving plants for years. This year, they've grown so large that we're having a hard time getting into the shed. On the left is Astilboides tabularis and on the right is Duck's Foot Rodgersia (Rodgersia podophylla). For the time being, we're squeezing through the foliage, looking for dinosaurs.

I love to have a touch of whimsy in the garden. This year, I took advantage of a tree trunk that houses a chickadee family. Tree lady protects her flock.

 

 

 

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • The next time you change the aquarium water be sure to save the old water for the garden. Although not as potent as fish emulsion, aquarium water is certainly a worthwhile soil amendment and can be used to water and feed outdoor plants. (The aroma may not be welcome indoors if the water is used on houseplants.) If your compost pile needs a jolt, pour the enriched water over the pile for a quick dose of natural fertilizer.