Priscilla’s Garden To-Do List for July

  • Cut scapes from garlic to promote greater root development, then chop and saute the scapes in your summer cooking
  • Harvest garlic when only 5 green leaves remain on the plant, then set out to cure in a dry space
  • Pick peas, strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, and blueberries promptly
  • Net blueberries against birds while berries are still green
  • Keep up with weeding in all garden beds
  • Top off mulch as needed in bare spots
  • Cut stems of parsley to the base if beginning to flower
  • Discard cilantro now as it prefers cool weather (another crop can be planted in the fall)
  • Finish pinching back asters, boltonia, amsonia, and other tall plants before July 4 (after that you may impact fall bloom)
  • Bearded iris can be divided and reset now
  • Deadhead roses and prune out vegetative canes (see article)
  • Deadhead perennials and annuals throughout the garden to promote rebloom and to make space to show off later color
  • Keep watering new plantings that went in since last fall
  • Order garlic bulbs and autumn crocus now for late summer planting, contact Priscilla <phw@seedlingspecialist.com>