July Gardening Check List

July Gardening Check List

at a glance for this month … Edge garden beds. Spend a few minutes every morning deadheading/pinching off spent flowers of plants. Save excess seed for next year – (after a year seed germination goes down). A cool, wet hand towel or bandana draped over the back of the neck will provide some relief during hot weather. Remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen! Check pesticides and make sure they are stored in a secure,...

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Petunias

Petunias, a Spring Favorite IN YOUR GARDEN Nothing says spring like petunias. They are great for spring because they tolerate a light frost just fine but thrive in the sunny days of spring. There are two basic types of petunias grown, seed and vegetative (grown from cuttings). Vegetative petunias are probably more well known today. They are the cascading types used so much in containers and baskets. They are grown from a cutting that...

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Great Garden Tips

Great Garden Tips

June gardening tips,  make sure to do the following … IN YOUR GARDEN Pruning Storm Damaged Trees Summer storms may cause serious tree damage. Often you will have to decide whether a tree can be saved or not. Here is a checklist on care of a storm-damaged landscape: Be safe: Check for downed power lines or hanging branches. Don’t venture under the tree until it is safe. If large limbs are hanging precariously, a certified...

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Composting

Making and Using Compost at Home IN THE GARDEN Compost is a mixture of soil and decayed organic matter or humus that is used to improve garden and potting soil. Properly prepared compost is free from weed seeds and offensive odors and rich in nutrients that plants need. It may be applied as a thin top dressing for lawns, as mulch around shrubs and young trees, or mixed into the soil in vegetable and flower gardens. Compost is produced in piles...

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Pansies

Perfect Pansies are Easy with These Helpful Hints IN THE GARDEN Gardeners in warmer Zones have long known that pansies can be planted in fall and continue to grow and bloom all winter and into spring. What isn’t as well known is that pansies can overwinter as far north as Zone 4, making them hardy even in parts of the northern United States and southern Canada.   Plant pansies 6 to 8 inches apart. Many gardeners chafe at the idea of...

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