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July in the Garden
Keep height of mower high this month to encourage deeper roots in turf grass.
Continue to deeply water young trees and shrubs. A raised rim of dirt, or basin, will help trap water and allow slower penetration.
Deeply water to correct bitter cucumbers and help prevent blossom end rot of tomatoes.
Regular deep irrigation is superior to frequent watering as it encourages deeper root growth, and is better for drought tolerant plants in the landscape.
Water container plants more often in the heat
Move house plants away from hot sunny windows to avoid afternoon burn.
Feed citrus trees.
Apply BT to control hornworms on tomatoes, and geranium(tobacco) budworms on petunias.
Continue to monitor for aphids; remove them with a sharp spray from the hose.
Control whiteflies with insecticidal soap.
Trap earwigs under damp cardboard or in damp rolled newspaper.
Dead-head roses and other flowers.
Begin Summer pruning of fruit trees this month.
Time to Plant
Bulbs and Flowers
Heat-loving annuals such as sweet alyssum, celosia, cosmos, four o’clocks, marigolds, petunias, portulaca, annual salvia, sunflowers, verbena, annual vinca, and zinnias can be planted but will need careful watering and protection from hot afternoon sun.
Begin looking at catalogs to gather ideas for fall planting.
Vegetables & Herbs
Directly seed for Brussels sprouts, cabbage, parsnips, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, rutabaga, and lettuce.
Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of Brussels sprouts, celery, sweet potatoes, corn, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, beans, melons, and eggplant.
Harvest shallots, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, chard, pepper, eggplant, cucumber, corn, melon, and squash.
New 2016 Edition "Gardener's Companion" Garden Journal on sale now! $18
Journal includes :
- Monthly Planting Guides
- Monthly Garden Checklist
- Vegetable Planting Guide
- Drought Tolerant Plants
- Guides to Growing
and much more for the Yolo County Gardener.
All sale proceeds support The UC Master Gardener's of Yolo County.
Is freeze in the forecast?
Yes! Read about how to protect sensitive plants from the low temperatures that are forecast this week. Follow this link
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Gardening with Limited Water
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during this drought. Either select the link from the top navigation above or click here for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden.