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Gardening in July
- On cloudy days, or in the evening you can still plant perennials and other plants in the ground. Sufficient watering is now a top priority, the plants are very sensitive to dryness. Potted plants and other light-woody plants can now be multiplied well over plywood. Be sure to place the pots and bowls with the freshly cut stakes in a shady spot.
- Most potted plants are now in full bloom and enjoy their colors and fragrances. On the terrace, however, you should make sure that mix not too many scents. This can lead to headaches, or even nausea. A scented plant is enough for the terrace. The only exceptions are herbs. It may be a bit more of that. In order to prevent seed formation (unless it is expressly desired), one should also remove the withered flowers on potted plants.
- It is also very easy to grow roses from cuttings. Especially dwarf, bedding and climbing roses like to do that. July is the best time to do so. Place the rose cuttings in a shady spot directly in the moistened soil, and preferably put an old, clean mason jar over it. They are already rooted after a few weeks, but the rooted rose should remain at this point for 1-2 years. It is important that they are adequately and regularly supplied with water.
- In July, more and more tall perennials are blooming in the garden. To protect them from buckling, you should support them. The supports also prevent falling apart in heavy rainfall. Between the shrubs you should now regularly hack the earth and remove weeds. By hacking the soil is loosened and aerated. This way, water gets to the roots faster and easier.
- July is the next fertilizer period for roses, herbs and perennials. Highly-depleted plants are now fertilized again. Make sure that the soil is moist when spreading the fertilizer (preferably after watering). Easily incorporate fertilizer into the soil. Due to the moisture, the nutrients dissolve faster and are thus available to the plants after a short time.
- Fertilizing is also required in the fruit and vegetable garden. The best way to do the fertilizing together with the casting. July is also the harvest month for many types of fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, and some other early fruits can now be harvested. What is too much can be processed into compote or jam. From berry fruits can be prepared for dessert delicious fruit foam. Cool in the freezer and enjoy ice-cold.
July is usually quite sunny and warm, but it can also be rainy. No matter what the weather gets, there is always something to do in the garden. The lawn may now stand a little longer, but must, like all other plants also, be well watered in dry phases. The fruit trees need a lot of attention, and the first preparations for the wintering of the plants and the flowering next year can be made.
Fertilize, water, cultivate
In July, the plants need care. It is dry, most plants produce fruits - not only does it need to be regularly and generously watered, but also fertilized. This concerns potted plants as well as the plants in the field. Beds are only very carefully raked and loosened so as not to injure the plants. However, the soil care is still important, so that the water does not evaporate so quickly, but can be well absorbed. Dry soil is not only very well sealed on the surface (rainwater would therefore not easily absorbed, but flow over it), but also forms Kapillartunnel over which the water evaporates quite quickly.
One and two year old flowers
The spring and summer flowers for the next year can be sown in July. This concerns pansy, columbine, forget-me-not, foxglove, cloves and mallows. Anyone who has already sown the plants in June (even that is possible) can already pique the young plants. The beds should be kept loose, well fertilized and regularly watered. This is good for sowing and young plants alike. Incidentally, cuttings like hydrangeas can multiply well in July. For this purpose, the plants should be healthy and vigorously grown and preferably not bloom. Make sure that the cuttings find the same, as optimal as possible climate as the mother plant - this does not guarantee the growth, but increases the chances of success.
Ornamental shrubs and hedges
Many shrubs and hedges are slowly fading. The withered flowers should be removed so that the plants can form new flowers instead of fruits. Fruits take power of the plant and thereby prevent many more flowers are formed.This is especially true for remontierende roses. Hedges are always cut in July, and the roses are fertilized for the last time.
By the way, perennials do not need much care in July. Withered flowers should be removed, and large-sized perennials should be attached - if that is not already done. Cut hedges should be properly shaped in July, and do not forget to water the plants in the bucket as well as in the field. July is often quite dry.
Fruit trees and shrubs
The fruit is going on a lot in July. Fruit trees need to be watered, which is especially important for young trees. The fruit trees get their last fertilization in July, and of course, can be harvested. Currants, gooseberries, late strawberries, cherries and sour cherries, pears, raspberries and clear apples are now ripe. The fruits are really hard on the trees, and so that the branches do not break, you should set up fruit tree supports. They keep the heavily laden branches, especially when one or the other summer storms with strong gusts of wind shakes the trees. If you are worried about your harvest, you can put bird nets over the trees to protect the ripe fruits.
After the harvest, some fruit trees are cut - this mainly concerns sour cherries and apricots, which can be harvested in July. Apple, pear and plum can be grafted in cloudy weather. Kiwi's young shoots are cut back in July so that the plants do not overgrow and put all their strength into growth.
The wine is far from ripe for harvest, the grapes still need time. But again and again Geiztriebe grow, which can be broken even in July. Geiztriebe have their meaning, they are trained by the plants as well as other shoots also have all the organs like other shoots too, but they are a little smaller. It used to be said that scavengers must be removed. Today we know that this is not the case - shoots are important and make sure that the grapes can ripen very well. They are actually only removed if they train strong foliage in the grapes. That would be annoying, because it increases the risk of fungal infections. So you should only remove stingers if they are too leafy. Strong deciduous growth around the grapes should definitely be removed, and this work falls into July. Take care that you do not injure the trunk and the grapes.
Herbs and vegetables
In July, most herbs can be harvested. What you do not process fresh, you can freeze or dry to stock up. Loosen the beds gently so that the moisture in the soil is better and water can be absorbed more easily.
The first potatoes can already be harvested in July, and some other vegetables such as carrots, radishes, onions, peas, beans and the like may be ready for harvest.
But it can also be sown: carrots and Chinese cabbage, for example. Other vegetables such as zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes may be partially ready for harvest. Water the plants regularly and abundantly, as they need a lot of water just in the last stages of fruit growth.
Tips for quick readers:
- Water all plants regularly and generously, including the lawn.
- Fertilize potted plants and plants in the field.
- Carefully rake and loosen the soil in the beds.
- Sow spring and summer blooms for the next year or (if already sown in June) pique. Beds necessarily wet and loose, fertilize.
- If necessary multiply cuttings.
- Remove withered flowers from perennials and tie up tall growing perennials.
- Cut hedges into shape.
- Water and fertilize fruit trees.
- Harvest ripe berries and fruits, set up fruit tree supports. Eventually spread bird nets.
- Cutting sour cherry and apricot after harvest, cutting back young shoots of kiwi.
- Refine apple, pear and plum in cloudy weather.
- Remove strong foliage from the wine.
- Harvest and process herbs or create supplies.
- Harvesting early potatoes and other vegetables.
- Sow carrots and Chinese cabbage.
- Pour all the vegetables well, gently rake the beds and keep the bottom loose.