Gardening Tip #1: Powdery Mildew is a problem all over the planet. Watering only in the daytime, and keeping the leaves dry while doing so, is one way to avoid powdery mildew. Applying fungicides early and often, is another way to keep Powdery mildew away. More on Powdery Mildew
Gardening Tip #2: Birds know just when the blueberries are getting ripe. They go after them the day before you do. Many critters know just when to harvest the crops you have lovingly cared for. Many garden pests can be kept from feasting on your garden with pest netting. Pest netting and other pest control ideas
Gardening Tip #3: Timing is crucial when planting fall and second season crops. The declining hours of sunlight, and lower temperatures, means it will take longer for your fall crops to grow and mature. Check the days to maturity on the seed packet. Add a few days to this number. Then, count back from the normal first frost in your area. More on Succession Planting
Gardening Tip #4: Be a "Deadheader"! You can extend the blooming period for many (but not all) flowers, by snipping off spent flower blooms as soon as the bloom is over. You guessed it...... it is called "Deadheading" More on Deadheading Flowers...
Gardening Tip #5: Plant pollination, specifically poor pollination, is a hot gardening topic in July. There are several potential causes. Once you have identified the cause, there is usually a cure, helping to ensure a successful crop. See the Plant Pollination Problems and Pollination and the Single Pumpkin
Gardening Tip #6: Do you want to grow more organically? This naturally occurring chemical was first discovered in Epsom, England. You've probably just guessed what this natural plant supplement is. The magnesium and sulphur content is beneficial to your plants. More on Epsom Salts
Gardening Tip #7: Pinch back Oregano plants, to keep them producing tender, new, young leaves. If you have the space, we find it is better, to start a second crop mid season.. right about now. The younger plants are more vibrant. More on Growing Oregano
It is time to think about getting back into the yard to do some gardening, but its also time to think about ticks! Below is a link to a website that will show you how to make "DIY Tick Tubes" and why you should make them. As the website explains, "When ticks first hatch, they’re too small to latch on to deer, humans and other large animals, so they usually latch onto mice. A single mouse may play host to 100 ticks! If you’re serious about eliminating the ticks on your property, it’s smart to go after them at this phase, and that means finding a way to kill the ticks while they’re still on the mice. An easy way to do that is with tick tubes". The website has a wonderful video tutorial of the process.