Garden Calendar for July 2023

July and summer’s heat is upon us.  Luckily for us humans – there is not too much to actively do in the garden this month.  Unless you want to.  Then here are some things to consider.


Don’t let your plants become “drip sip” junkies. Instead of a little bit of water every day, water less often but for longer time, so the water sinks in two or even three feet into the ground – where roots should be.

Roots need to encouraged to grow deep underground where it is cooler. Where the hot sun can’t evaporate the water. Deep roots help anchor a tree and keep it from blowing over in the wind – or heaving your walkway – or both. Trees need wide roots to anchor themselves well, so apply their water well away from the trunk.


All plants need more water as temperatures rise. Water at dawn to conserve water, discourage fungus, and give plants the water they need as they “wake up” for the new day.

A Quick Guide to July Tasks

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Fertilize lawns, palms, and edibles. In Low and Middle Desert – that’s all. In High Desert and cooler elevations, fertilize everything in July.


Lawn Care

Sharpen mower blades. Sharp blades cut cleanly and your lawn will look better.


Plant a monsoon garden with native vegetables and herbs like amaranth, short-maturity corn, devil’s claw, epazote, squash and tepary beans.

Pumpkins can be planted now.

It is not too late to plant non-native heat-lovers like black-eyed peas, squash, okra, pumpkin, and watermelon.


Harvest sun ripened fruit that are ready, jujube, apricots, grapes, melons, peaches – and enjoy. Keep an eye on your almonds – they may ripen towards the end of this month if you have an early variety. The late varieties of almonds ripen in October.


July Pruning & Care

Mulch plants if you haven’t already. Mulch with cedar bark, straw, or pine needles to retard evaporation and fertilize the soil.

cedar bark mulch can help use less water by shading the soil and reducing evaporation.

Weeds. Get them before they go to seed.

Deadhead flowers for extended bloom.


Summer pruning – none! Prune to remove storm damaged branches. If necessary, prune trees to eliminate hazards to humans or structures, but pruning is better done in spring or fall.

What do you think?!

Please leave your questions, comments, and ideas in the comment section (way way down) below.

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