If you live in a cold climate, July may be the time to enjoy the summer garden at its peak. Flowers everywhere! Veggies and fruits are thriving. Lots of bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators flitting about. Have a look at garden tasks you can do in July.
For more, see garden task lists for each month here.
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Monthly Garden Tasks
The Golden Days of Summer
Please keep in mind that this is simply an example of tasks I like to do in my cold-climate garden (zone 6). Every garden is different, and we each adapt based on climate, growing zone and conditions, the plant species, challenges, and time and resources available. Most importantly, just enjoy it.
Here in southwestern Ontario, Canada, July marks the peak of summer. Our gardens are looking their best, and it’s time to enjoy them before the first inklings of autumn appear in August.
July Garden Tasks
Where to begin? If you’re past last frost, there’s so much to do! It’s the best kind of overwhelm.
- Houseplants spending the summer outdoors should be happy. Just don’t let them scorch in the sun.
- Veggies and fruits should be producing. Sow more starter plants and seeds for continuous harvests.
- Remember to turn your compost pile (2x per week is ideal), to keep the microbes working.
- Grow new plants from cuttings: see what you can propagate now.
- Maintain pond pump. Avoid invasive pond plants. Use this simple tip for keeping the water sparkling clear.
- Keep bird feeders and water feeders clean and filled.
- Clean out nesting boxes between broods. But be sure you’re not disturbing an active nest.
- Have your hummingbird feeders ready for the arrival of spring migrations.
- Grow salad greens and other veggies and herbs can grow indoors all year-round.
- Don’t neglect your houseplants. Do you know how to water them properly?
Here’s some project ideas.
- Make an optical illusion garden mirror
- Make a mini greenhouse from old windows
- Make an easy outdoor plant shelf
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- It’s time to get seeds for fall sowing. Here’s a directory of seed companies in Canada and the United States.
- Stock up on seed starter mix and organic container mix while shops still have it in stock.
- Old watering cans make great containers and garden art.
You may not know it by the name phenology, but you certainly know what it is. Phenology is the science of observing annual first events in nature. When flower buds open. When peepers first peep. When bees appear. When migrations arrive. When bulbs pop up. The list is endless.
Seasonal changes prompt natural responses in the plant and animal kingdoms. It is interesting to note these events and compare year over year.
Summer Phenological Events
Here’s a few examples you might notice.
- Many plants are at their finest (here in southwestern Ontario).
- Insect-mania! The food chain is going wild.
- Birds may be raising second or third families of the season.
- If rain is consistent, mosquitoes are out in full force. Bats will feast on them in the evenings.