There’s no end to the things that should get done in the garden this month – deadheading, succession planting, more mulching, yet more weeding. The list never ends and we wouldn’t really want it to. Gardening is a verb, after all. It’s the tending that makes our connection with the garden.
You don’t need a reminder about what needs doing. But do you remember to enjoy your garden? Just in case, here’s your July Garden Pleasures To Do List. Enjoy!
1. Start a Mid Season Vegetable Garden
Quick Growers: beets, bush beans, green onions, radishes
Late Season Lovers: broccoli, kale, Swiss chard
3. Scoop up some bargains from the sale tables at nurseries, as they make way for fall bloomers.
4. Visit a Farmers Market and buy something you’ve never tried, like kohlrabi or mizuna. I’ve even got a couple of recipes to help you figure out what to do with it.
5. Take a break from mowing. Lawn grass growth slows down in summer and you could even damage the root growth if you mow too low when temperatures go above 85 F. instead of mowing, spread out a blanket and have an impromptu picnic or maybe just take a nap in the shade.
6. Pull out a copy of Amy Stewart’s fun book The Drunken Botanist and see what you have growing in the garden that would make a great libation.
7. Cut a huge bouquet of fragrant flowers and put them next to your favorite chair. Then pull out that “summer reading” you still haven’t gotten to. Roses, lavender, nicotiana, lilies, even basil will fill you with the scents of summer.