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July Gardening Advice By Region

Here is a link to advice on what you should be doing and watching for in your garden in July.

http://learn2grow.com/regional/2009/07/regional.aspx?markref=rotor3-July3-9

Here are a couple of examples of what you will find (these are for the Southeast Region):

Continue to harvest vegetables in your garden as they ripen, and remember to share any excess produce – perhaps with a food co-op or shelter. (This is a thoughtful act of kindness, as well as a great lesson for the kids!)

Replace any annuals that perform poorly in high heat and humidity with more tolerant annuals. But be warned: Heat-tolerant plants don’t exhibit such tolerance until they’re well-established, so be sure to care for them well after planting!

Bugs are a big problem this time of year.  This site has a list of what bugs to watch for in each region as well.

What Kind of Dirt Do You Have?

I came across this great blog post today about soil – http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/2009/03/about-that-dirt/.

At my house I have clay soil, but my clay is different than the clay that they talk about.  The clay at my house is so hard that when I dig a hole to plant something I have to use the shovel to shave the clay out in thin layers.  It’s so hard you can’t shovel like normal.  I will have to take a picture or get a video for you just so you can see how hard it is.

After I get the hole dug (I dig the holes twice as big as I need) and place whatever I’m planting, I mix a little sand and quite a bit of potting soil with the clay to loosen it up.

The post also contains a link to building raised beds.

If you have time you might want to check out the whole Pioneer Woman website and let me know if there are any other good posts there.  Despite being firmly secure in my masculinity, I am a little uncomfortable spending a lot of time there myself (I did scan the Cowboy Food). 

-Jason

Top Veggies For Beginning Gardeners

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The Kid’s Garden – Tying Tomatoes

The Kids’ Garden – Hoeing and Tying Tomatoes

I’d like to introduce Aaron and Alison.  They have a small garden they are growing this summer and selling the produce here at our greenhouses. 

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The tomatoes suffered through about 6 weeks of rain.  They survived but don’t look so good now.  A few weeks of sunshine and some TLC and they should perk up.

Here are some more pictures of Darrel, Matt and Colby’s garden:

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Here is my pathetic little garden:

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Tips For Container Gardens

Here are Five Tips for Growing Container Vegetables

  1. Use potting soil (peat based) in your containers.  You can use dirt from your yard but be sure to mix in potting soil or peat moss as at least 50% of the soil volume.  The potting soil will add drainage to the dirt and prevent the soil from staying constantly wet.  It will also keep the dirt from becoming compacted (i.e. hard packed) which can smother root development.
  2. Be sure to place your container where it can get a lot of sunlight, at least 6-8 hours.  All vegetables need lots of sunlight.
  3. Use varieties recommended for containers when possible.  These would be patio and bush type tomatoes and any other ‘compact’ labeled vegetables.  If you can’t find these types or want to grow a specific variety, you can grow just about any kind of vegetable in containers.  The exceptions are below.
  4. Cucumbers will need a trellis or other support to climb and tomatoes will need to be staked or use a wire tomato cage for support. 
  5. Watermelons and cantaloupes are not recommended for containers.

Video Tip On How To Get A Head Start On Your Tomatoes