Cooperative Extension Fresno County
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Cooperative Extension Fresno County

This week in the Garden

Gardener's Companion

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Information this page adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition. Get your copy from  Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. Adapted by Judy Parker. 

Garden Checklist for the week of July 7, 2019

Relax. Beat the heat with a cool beverage while enjoying your garden from indoors.


Protect developing tree fruit from birds and squirrels by placing netting over trees.

Continue deep watering of fruit trees and citrus to insure a good fruit crop.


Deadhead annuals and perennials to encourage new growth and blooms. Divide iris every two to four years and save new rhizome growth to replant.


Lightly fertilize actively growing plants. Give special attention to container plants.


Summer heat can be truly formidable in the San Joaquin Valley.  Delay unnecessary planting until cooler weather.
Bulbs, corms, tubers: naked lady (Amaryllis belladonna).

Seasonal IPM Checklist

aphids on milkweed plant
aphids on milkweed plant

Aphids are one of many seasonal pests in the garden in summer. These can be removed from plants with a strong stream of water.

For information about seasonal pests see the UCRAN Seasonal IPM checklist


Enjoy Now!


Annuals and perennials  lily of the Nile (Agapanthus), floss flower (Ageratum), amaranthus, aster, Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle).

Bulbs, corms, tubers:  naked lady, canna.


Trees, shrubs, vines:  oleander (Nerium), rose.

Fruits and vegetables:  almonds, beans, corn, cucumber, peaches.


Things to ponder

The San Joaquin Valley is largely made up of zones 8 and 9. Consider this when selecting plants for your garden.
  Permeable hardscapes allow water from irrigation or rainfall to stay in place in the landscape, rather than running off into gutters and storm drains.

Examples include pavers and bricks without mortar or grout, decks, crushed rock or gravel.


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