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Your Gardening Calendar - July


July in the Southern California Garden

Each month has its special joys and tasks in the garden.  Below is a suggested calendar for July.  Remember that gardening depends on the weather, so tasks, bloom season and activities may vary from year to year.

Best of Show:
§  Flowers: tree/shrub: Aesculus californica, Calycanthus occidentalis, Eriogonum giganteum, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Holodiscus discolor, Lyonothamnus spp., Malosma laurina, Rosa californica; Smaller shrubs/perennials: * Abutilon palmeri, Clematis ligusticifolia, Eriogonum spp., Grindelia spp., *Monardella spp., Oenothera spp., Penstemon spp., Solanum spp., Asclepias spp., Cirsium occidentale, Corethrogyne filaginifolia, *Erigeron spp., Euthamia occidentalis, Helianthus annuus, *Madia elegans, Solidago spp., * Sphaeralcea ambigua, Verbena spp.
§  Fruits/berries/vegetables: Comarostaphylis diversifolia, * Morella (Myrica) californica, Prunus ilicifolia, non-native fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums), summer vegetables
§  Yearly assessment of your garden: decide what needs improvement and what is successful
§  Start a garden journal & photo log if you don’t already have one– or get yours organized
§  Start a design: great time to create a garden design for your whole garden or just a part that you’re re-doing.
§  Prepare for fall planting: order native seeds & bulbs (before they’re out of stock)
§  Make repairs/changes that weren’t possible in spring
§  From cuttings: soft-wood (tip) cuttings of Mints, evergreen shrubs & trees
§  Last chance to plant bean, corn, cucumber and summer squash in the ground from plants
§  Plant pond/water plants any time in summer
Watering:  Major watering month
§  Depending on their needs, some native transition to summer dry/occasional irrigation conditions.
§  Check soil weekly (more if hot, windy); water as needed in the cool part of the day
§  Give new plants the extra water they need
§  Check containers often (daily) in dry, windy weather; consider installing drip irrigation to containers
§  Give plants from N. coast a ‘fog’ spray every other week or so.
Pruning: Done during cooler weeks
§  Prune to shape/train: Ceanothus; Arctostaphylos (manzanitas); Rhus integrifolia if any needed
§  Prune for safety & plant health; cut back plants growing over walkways/paths
§  Hedge-shear if needed
§  Dead-head Salvia and Penstemon to prolong bloom
Weeds/Diseases/Pests: major weeding month – summer weeds are ready to pull
§  Keep on top of summer weeds: bindweed, mustard, wild lettuce, prickly ox-tongue, sow thistle
§  Collect/dry leaves for tea and seasonings
§  Pick elderberries, other ripe fruits; use now or dry/freeze
Enjoying the garden: Major month to enjoy the garden
§  Make iced tea from native ‘mints’
§  Enjoy and learn more about butterflies: take a class, participate in a count, observe in your yard
§  Renew your inspiration: buy a new gardening book that inspires you; or search the web, go to the library
§  Certify your garden as a wildlife (Nat. Wildlife Foundation) or butterfly (N. American Butterfly Assoc.) habitat garden; display your certification sign/plaque with pride.
§  Spend time in your front yard getting to know you neighbors
§  Dine al fresco in your lovely garden; breakfasts and dinners are especially nice this time of year





1 comment:

  1. I really like your calender of what to do. It is very helpful and fitting for our climate. Beautiful pictures and a great resource!