July Gardening Tips

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Below are a few tips from our Extension Master Gardeners on what can be planted, fertilized and pruned in the month of July.

 Plant

  • Seeds of fast-growing vegetables such as zucchini, lima and bush beans for a late harvest.
  • Seeds of collards, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and pumpkins in containers to be set out next month in the garden.
  • Still time to plant basil.
  • Zinnias and cosmos for a second round of flowers.
  • Sow coneflowers, black eyed Susan’s and coreopsis in pots. Fertilize every two weeks and by fall they will be ready to plant in the garden.
  • Another good month to take cuttings of shrubs. Take 6” long cuttings, dip in rooting powder, plant in half sand/half soil mix, keep moist. Tug to check for roots after 4-6 weeks.
  • Dig up, divide and replant iris now.
  • Keep removing suckers from tomato plants.
  • Deadhead roses so the energy goes back to the plant.
  • Keep pinching back chrysanthemums until July 15 so they will bush up.

Fertilize

  • Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia grass

Prune

  • Lamb’s ears of lower leaves which have now turned mushy.
  • Overgrown shrubs so any nerve growth will have time to harden off before fall.
  • This might be a good time to have your soil tested. The test is free to NC residents. Soil sample boxes and forms are available at the Pasquotank Extension Building.