JULY GARDEN CHECKLIST
- STAKE -- Don't let brisk coastal afternoon winds topple your
beautiful flowers! Stake tall dahlias, delphiniums, lilies, gladiolus and
- SPRAY -- Caterpillars, cabbage loopers and and budworms can
damage many flower and vegetable plants during the summer. If you see signs
of chewing, spray with Bacillus thuringiensis. The "organic"
insecticide kills worms and caterpillars, but does not harm people, bees
or anything else.
- IRRIGATE -- Keep newly planted fruit trees, berries and landscape
ornamentals watered deeply once a week. Use soaker hoses, or drip irrigation
if you don't have time to haul the hose about.
- TEND ROSES -- Fertilizer, water, weed and mulch roses. Remove
- PRUNE -- June-bearing blackberries, boysenberries and raspberries
need summer pruning after producing. Cut spent canes back to the ground.
Tie up t his year's new canes.
- PLANT -- Keep on planting! Sow seeds of beans, peas, lettuce,
broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets and mesclun greens. Plant dahlias, marigolds,
begonias, coleus, impatiens and lobelia for late summer and fall color.
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