July Garden Planner

by Scott Duncan

During July the Delmarva gardener will find themselves on daily patrol for those pests that might invade the garden.

  1. Discourage bird feeding on fruits and veggies with netting.

  2. Watch for destructive insects and slugs. Hand remove them when possible. There are any number of organic solutions for garden pests. What works for one might not work for another. Check our links for some reliable web resources to identify and deal with your particular pest.

  3. Watch for early blight of tomatoes which appears as yellow spots with a bulls-eye pattern. Keep plants mulched, remove infected lower leaves, and water from below the leaf canopy.

  4. Weed garden beds early in the morning before bugs begin to annoy and while the soil is still moist from dew or watering.

  5. Encourage healthy growth of herbs, annuals, and perennial flowers by taking cuttings, pinching back, and deadheading.

  6. By the 3rd to 4th week in July plant fall crops of squash, beans, cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower seeds in containers.

  7. The first sweet corn is now ready to be picked. Enjoy eating that and the cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes that are taking over your garden.