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It’s high summer in the garden now and time to enjoy the fruits of our labors, both vegetables and flowers. Even on hot days, though, the garden needs some tending, which is best done early in the morning or later in the evening. In addition to wearing clothes that we don’t mind getting dirty, we should also be wearing sunscreen and mosquito repellent!
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 vegetables as they ripen.
1. Harvest vegetables as they ripen and consider canning, pickling, or freezing to keep up with anything you can’t eat right away. July is one of the peak months for garden produce. Usually tomatoes, squash, sweet corn, beans and peppers are ready to pick. 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.
2.) Plan your harvest for Fall.
2. Think ahead to fall and sow seeds for cool-season vegetables to grow even after frost. Already the days are getting shorter and 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, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts.
3.) Water as needed.
3. Water as needed during the hot summer days. Though July is supposedly a rainy month in the Midwest, some years we just don’t get enough rain for fast growing vegetables. When that happens, we have to step in and provide some extra watering..
4.) Sow quick growing vegetables.
4. Sow a few more rows of green beans and other quick growing vegetables to extend your harvest. Plant a few more rows of green beans. Beans often produce 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 beans struggled, try a soil inoculant to improve plant growth or use the later planting as an opportunity to try new varieties.
5.) Keep up on the weeds.
5. Keep cutting off spent blooms on flowering plants, too. 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 flowers will respond with more flowers. The proper tools can make these tasks more enjoyable.