Hello again, gardeners and green-thumb experts. The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are here in full force and your garden has special needs this time of year. Gildshire is excited to bring the tips you need to keep your yard and garden in tip-top shape. What do we love about July, besides picnics and potato salad? We love that even our friends in Zone Three are gardening with SPF sun protection. That doesn’t happen very often. Let’s get to it.
Zone Three: (Portage, Maine) The summer is short in my hometown of Portage, but welcomed with open arms, nonetheless. My neighbors are hilling potatoes and carrots this month to keep the parts underground healthy and growing. Deep watering needs to take place this month. Too many gardeners make the mistake of watering frequently, but lightly. Give the green and growing things plenty of water this month, and water again if an inch of rain doesn’t fall in the next week. Don’t forget that July is mulching month! So important as a part of your gardening routine.
Zone Four: (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) Things are warming up and quickly in my hometown of Stevens Point. Almost every evening you’ll find gardeners gathering at the Rock and Roll cafe down on Stanley Street swapping mulch and pest control stories. They can’t stay out too late, though, because July is an important month out in the yard. July is the perfect Zone Four month to grow a second planting of green beans and squash. Gardeners are all about looking ahead, so you can begin to prepare for your fall garden by transplanting broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Zone Five: (Boulder, Colorado) Quiet days and nights are the order of the day in my hometown of Boulder. The city is taking a respite before the onslaught of kids coming back to CU for the fall term. Just this morning Zeke and I were having a bite at the Village Coffee Shop. We talked about succession planting our dill crop. That way, we won’t have too much at any one time. He was about to plant some peas, but my wife would hurt me badly if I planted any of those, even though they grow well here in the Boulder area.
Zone Six: (Dayton, Ohio) The tourism season is alive and well in my hometown of Dayton. Lots of folks here to see the bicycle shop where Orville and Wilbur Wright worked and perfected their plane. You know, they only went to Kitty Hawk for the winds. Dayton boys, those Wrights, and we’re mighty proud of them. We’re also mighty proud of the crops we harvest, and that’s an everyday thing in July. Also, In zone six you should be planting carrots, kale, beets, chard, and peas for a fall harvest. This should help to give you a jump start on a fall garden.
Zone Seven: (Jackson, Tennessee) Out here in my hometown of Jackson we like three things, namely country music, Elvis and the Great July Potato Harvest. Boy howdy, do we have potatoes aplenty this time of year. But, there is more to July in Zone Seven than potatoes. We’re harvesting other vegetables like mad and canning a good portion of the harvest for some warm soups and stews come winter.
Zone Eight: (Dunsmuir, California) My hometown of Dunsmuir is fairly popping this month. The July 4th fireworks are part of the reason, of course, but so are the gardens as they give up the fruits of our labor. But, don’t forget to look ahead! July is when you sow pumpkin seeds in your garden to have a fall harvest. Mulching is also an important task during July. It’s such a hot month anything you can do to help your plants is a bonus.
Zone Nine (Fort Bragg, California) It isn’t all that hot in my hometown of Fort Bragg, and we like it that way. But, Fort Bragg is still a Zone Nine town because of the warm winter temperatures. Freezing, you say? We call 44 degrees freezing. We’re wusses that way. What are my neighbors up to in their gardens? They are harvesting fruit as fast as they can, because of the flying and crawling things that like them, too. July is also a great time to spread compost over areas you are planning on utilizing for a fall garden.
Zone Ten: (Hana, Maui): Aloha, from the folks in my hometown of Hana. The gardeners out here are up with the sun to get their chores complete before the sun is too high in the sky. Luckily, the tradewinds keep us from suffocating but it is warm nonetheless. July is the perfect time to start our seeds for okra, collards, tomatoes, peas, (don’t tell my wife) and eggplant.
That’s it for July in the many places Gildshire calls hometown. Be sure to check with us next month for more gardening tips, this time in August. Stay cool, and hydrate, friends.