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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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:

The garden is in the full swing of summer in July. Everything should be planted, should be growing, and should be showing off with bright blooms. And there should be time to enjoy a few lazy hours in a hammock, after tending to a few to do items in the garden.

 

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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Harvest and enjoy spring crops.

1. Keep an eye on the vegetable garden and harvest vegetables as they ripen. Pick vegetables early in the morning when they are at their highest water content. If you have too much to eat at once, consider freezing or canning.

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2.) Sow for Cool Season Vegetables.

2. Think ahead to cooler days and sow seeds for cool season vegetables to grow and harvest in the fall. Too soon we will be faced with the end of summer. Be ready in the garden by planning now for a fall harvest of those vegetables that prefer cooler temperatures, like lettuce, arugula, and kale.

3.) Watering care for your garden.

3. Water the garden as needed. Even though much of the Midwest and other areas have received abundant rainfall through the end of June, things can dry out quickly in the garden. Be ready to step in and do some watering during dry spells.

4.) Quick growing vegetables.

4. Sow a few more rows of green beans and other quick growing vegetables like squash to extend your harvest. Beans often produce pods in as few as 50 days. Count back from your likely first frost date to determine the last day to plant another row or two of green beans. If your first plantings of beans struggled, try a soil inoculant to improve plant growth or use the later planting as an opportunity to try new varieties.

5.) Feed, weed and water garden.

5. Fertilize vegetable plants and clear out any weeds competing with them for nutrients. Weeding and pulling out non-producing vegetable plants keeps the garden looking its best. The same is true with flowers. Keep cutting off spent blooms and many plants will respond with more flowers. Then fertilize as needed to keep the garden growing.