July Garden Chores

Posted by on July 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm.

And again, life goes on in spite of all the work I need to do in the garden.  Luckily, no matter what I do or don’t do, nature will take over and do its thing.  I’m just its most reliable tool.

Now it’s too hot to do a lot of things that I wasn’t able to get done, like removing the forsythia.  Sure, I could go ahead and whack it out – in the heat.  But then I wouldn’t be able to pass it on to anyone.  It would be a goner.  So I will wait for cooler weather in the fall.

So here is my current list of garden chores:

Bag Worm

Bag Worm

  • Finish clean up and repair from the tornado damage.
  • Re-pot and fertilize pond plants
  • Get more fish (mosquito and gold) for the pond.
  • Treat pond weekly
  • Dead head spent blooms
  • Prune back dead perennials and bush and tree branches.
  • Cut back asters and mums for fall bloom
  • Mulch!  I still haven’t managed to get my mulch!  I’m just going to have to break down and buy some.
  • Start pruning back tomatoes for fall production
  • Start hunting and killing bag worms.  I found one today in the bald cypress.  Just dunk the little suckers in soapy water.
  • Bed out around pond and chicken coop.
  • Mow weekly
  • Water in zones to 1″ weekly.  Potted plants daily.
  • Feed and water the birds!
  • Start planning for a fall garden.  Hmm… I could still plant zinnia and maybe some more sunflowers?  Summer squash seed and southern peas still have a chance if it’s watered well.  Winter squash, pumpkins and gourds could go in by the end of the month.  I will have to break out the books and catalogs and plan the rest of it.

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  • Wind Chill: 89°F;
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