In the Garden: July.

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WHAT TO PLANT (time to start that fall garden!)

Seed in Ground: beans (pole and bush), cantaloupes, corn, cucumbers, honeydew, melons, okra, peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon

WHAT TO DO

  • Set out fall tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants late this month – if transplanting.  Otherwise, sow directly into garden.
  • Sow pumpkins for Halloween.
  • Clean up the garden, then mulch the bare soil to conserve moisture.
  • Mulch perennials and new trees with a layer of compost topped with bark mulch.
  • Replenish mulches around plants to keep weeds down and conserve moisture.
  • Don’t overstimulate dormant plants with unnecessary water or feeding; they’ll resume growth when the weather cools.
  • Tend the compost pile so it will be ready to work into the soil in preparation for fall planting.
  • Set out ageratums, balsam (Impatiens balsamina), cockscomb, croton, feverfew, marigolds, petunias, wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), pinks (Dianthus spp.), portulaca and vinca (Catharanthus roseus).
  • Pray for rain.
  • Work compost into beds, then plant fall crops of peppers and eggplant.
  • Check your drip irrigation system to ensure no leaks and no malfunctions.
  • Read through The Guide to Starting a Fall Garden, by Extension Horticulturists in San Antonio and Uvalde.
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