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Calendar of monthly tasks (July) for Southern California gardeners

Calendar of monthly tasks (July) for Southern California gardeners

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  • 1. July in the Southern California Garden Each month has its special joys and tasks in the garden. Below is a suggested calendar for July. Remember that gardening depends on the weather, so tasks, bloom season and activities may vary from year to year. Best of Show:  Flowers: tree/shrub: Aesculus californica, Calycanthus occidentalis, Eriogonum giganteum, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Holodiscus discolor, Lyonothamnus spp., Malosma laurina, Rosa californica;  smaller shrubs: * Abutilon palmeri, Clematis ligusticifolia, Eriogonum spp., Grindelia spp., *Monardella spp., Oenothera spp., Penstemon spp., Solanum spp., Asclepias spp., Cirsium occidentale, Corethrogyne filaginifolia, *Erigeron spp., Euthamia occidentalis, Helianthus annuus, *Madia elegans, Solidago spp., * Sphaeralcea ambigua  Fruits/berries/vegetables: Comarostaphylis diversifolia, * Morella (Myrica) californica, Prunus ilicifolia, non-native fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums), summer vegetables Planning:  Yearly assessment of your garden: decide what needs improvement and what is successful  Start a garden journal & photo log if you don’t already have one– or get yours organized  Start a design: great time to create a garden design for your whole garden or just a part that you’re re-doing.  Prepare for fall planting: order native seeds & bulbs (before they’re out of stock) Hardscape/General:  Make repairs/changes that weren’t possible in spring Propagation:  From cuttings: soft-wood (tip) cuttings of Mints, evergreen shrubs & trees Planting:  Last chance to plant bean, corn, cucumber and summer squash in the ground from plants  Plant pond/water plants any time in summer Watering: Major watering month  Check soil weekly; water as needed in the cool part of the day  Give new plants the extra water they need  Check containers often in dry, windy weather; consider installing drip irrigation to containers  Give plants from N. coast a ‘fog’ spray every other week or so. Pruning:  Prune to shape/train: Ceanothus; Arctostaphylos (manzanitas) if any needed  Prune for safety & plant health; cut back plants growing over walkways/paths  Hedge-shear if needed  Dead-head Salvia and Penstemon to prolong bloom
  • 2. Weeds/Diseases/Pests: major weeding month – summer weeds are ready to pull  Keep on top of summer weeds: bindweed, mustard, wild lettuce, prickly ox-tongue, sow thistle Edibles/Crafts:  Collect/dry leaves for tea and seasonings  Pick elderberries, other ripe fruits; use now or dry/freeze Enjoying the garden: Major month to enjoy the garden  Make iced tea from native ‘mints’  Enjoy and learn more about butterflies: take a class, participate in a count, observe in your yard  Renew your inspiration: buy a new gardening book that inspires you; or search the web, go to the library  Certify your garden as a wildlife (Nat. Wildlife Foundation) or butterfly (N. American Butterfly Assoc.) habitat garden; display your certification sign/plaque with pride.  Spend time in your front yard getting to know you neighbors  Dine al fresco in your lovely garden; breakfasts and dinners are especially nice this time of year 7/5/2014