Taking Care of Your Plants in the Heat
July can be hot in the garden. If you’ve kept up with weeding earlier in the season, there may not be too much work outside of harvesting veggies. Two midsummer tasks are important now.
Fertilize plants that have been working hard.
Tomatoes….because I want lots of tomatoes and the plants are growing like crazy in the summer heat. I fertilize with a liquid organic bloom fertilizer.
Roses….because they just finished their big summer grand blooming and will rest a bit….but I want another big flourish as soon as the weather cools a bit. I like the organic granular fertilizers although if there are dogs in the yard who try to eat the blood meal and bone meal in them, you’ll need to use a liquid.
Greens and other vegetables. The chard and kales have been working hard and I will treat them to a nice kelp foliar spray. It also makes the garden smell like ocean breezes!
Start seeds for your Fall Garden. This is hard to remember in the summer heat. But now is the time to start broccoli and cauliflower plants so they’ll be ready to mature and sweeten in crisp Fall nights.
And if you like peas….it’s a good time to get them started again. I waited till August last year and didn’t get much of a Fall crop.
Of course, you should always keep up your succession planting….keep putting in new plants or seeds where you’re pulling old ones out.
Happy Summer Days!