What to do in the Garden in July!
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What to do in the garden in July? The vegetable garden is producing a lot and getting out of hand at the same time, so there are plenty of garden chores to do. July is HOT in Oklahoma! I guess bugs like it HOT because we have tons of them in our preschool garden. Pest control is on the list! To find out what to plant each month, check out this guide.
At Little Sprouts, we are working tirelessly to keep up with the bug infestations. Squash vine borers, squash bugs, cabbage looper worms, aphids, ants, and anything else you can think of are eating our stuff like a hungry band of gobbling gobblers. We are also fighting rabbits and raccoons who swoop in at night and eat stuff that’s almost ready to pick-annoying!
We do not use chemicals on our garden at Little Sprouts so we have to come up with creative ways to manage our pests. We are hand picking large bugs and tossing them in a bucket of soapy water. We are wrapping our hands in duct tape and removing scads of squash bug eggs and nymphs, and we are taking dead vines and plants out of the garden at a frantic pace.
The heat of summer has swooped in and is burning up a lot of our plants, so we are watering whenever we can. We water early in the morning to prevent the addition of more fungus in the garden. We had over 27 inches of rain in the garden in May and June, so we have a lot of tomato blight and other fungi.
We are working on removing as much of that as we can as well. After all of that rain fell, the temperatures soared and burned up all the moisture there was available, so now we are super dry. Also, due to the heat, we need to make sure everything is mulched well so it will retain as much moisture as possible and repel as much heat as possible from the roots of our plants. To see how much water we make sure our plants get, click here.
What to plant in July
Weeding is in full swing. Grass and other weeds are popping up everywhere. We are picking it as fast as we can. We also use the boiling cooking water to keep the grass from coming in on the edges of the garden. The boiling water kills the grass instantly and helps us keep it under control. If you want to read some more ways of dealing with weeds naturally, click here. We are harvesting lots of tomatoes, green beans, a little okra and a few squashes here and there. This weekend I even found two cucumbers, FINALLY! The rabbits kept nibbling off all of our seedlings, so we planted cucumbers 5 times, and finally had to buy some bigger seedlings at the farmer’s market.
Each year presents unique challenges in the garden. Gardeners have to keep adapting and learning right along with the changing conditions. Some years are super hot, some are not. Some years have more bugs, some have fewer.
We have to keep a watchful eye on our gardens to get the maximum output from them. It’s fun and rewarding, and of course, you get yummy food! We have to work in short stints at this time of year because even first thing after breakfast, its getting super hot and muggy in the garden.
We go out as early as we can and we don’t work out for long. We try to do as much as we can in short stints so no one passes out from the heat. July is time to start thinking about a fall garden.
Summer garden tasks in zone 7
Here in Oklahoma, it’s far too hot for seeds to germinate outside, so now is the time to start planting seedlings inside and letting them get a little growth on them while the heat of the summer finishes up.
Our wish list of plants includes cauliflower, cabbage, cilantro, kale, kohlrabi, peas, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, arugula, and some decorative kale. We hope to get some of each of those started in the next few weeks and get them ready to put out when weather permits.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to cooler temperatures. I am very sensitive to the heat, so I have to be super careful not to get overheated. I love when the weather starts cooling down and it’s easier to enjoy the garden. August is right around the corner.
We have the hottest month to look forward to. Here’s to looking forward to winter again! I used to hate summer, but now I can’t say that because it grows so much goodness for us. It sure is a battle in my mind though. I’m dreaming of snow! Don’t forget to pin for later!
Now might be the time when you are getting a lot of excess in your garden. What do you do with all the hot peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, etc. that you can’t use? Check out the highlighted text to see.
For what to do in the garden each month, click here.
- What to do in the garden in January and February
- What to do in the garden in March
- What to do in the garden in April
- What to do in the garden in May
- What to do in the garden in June
- What to do in the garden in August
- What to do in the garden in September
- What to do in the garden in October
- What to do in the garden in November
- What to do in the garden in December
You should try using an organic spray for bugs. For maximum effectiveness I mix in tea tree oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon grass oil and jojoba oil in a 32 ounce spray bottle with water. For a basic spray any of those will work without using all of them. The eucalyptus oil is great to fight against your fungus issues you mentioned. I been using this mix for many years. Happy gardening!
Great suggestion. Thanks!
I love all your resources for dealing with heat, bugs, and weeds! I wilt in the heat, too, and I’m sure it’s no where near as hot here as it is in OK. Hope you get some more cucumbers and that the little ones continue to enjoy this amazing opportunity they have to learn from you and see how the Lord provides our food supply!
Thank you so much for reading and for your comments!
It doesn’t get as hot here in NJ as it does in Oklahoma from what I hear. However, we do have our high humidity 100+ degree days. When those happen I try not to go outside too much. With that said I keep my kids busy on the bearable days by having them pick the tomatoes and beans (and soon peppers).
Glad to hear that you don’t use chemicals. I don’t user them either and like you I also get a wide variety of insects, both good and bad. I just let nature fight it out amongst themselves and hopefully my plants make it through the insect wars.
that’s mostly what we do too. Sometimes it’s so annoying when there are armies of squash bugs or something, but we are pretty passive for the most part. Whatever will be will be. Thanks for reading! And enjoy your tomatoes and beans! yum yum!