July Gardening Tips

• Fuchsia Gall Mite
Have you noticed strange, contorted foliage on your fuchsia flowers and foliage. This damage is the result of a microscopic mite that tunnels into the foliage called the Fuchsia Gall Mite. A regular pinching of this growth can keep it in check, but it usually returns. The Fuchsia Society recommends liquid Sevin as an effective control.
Late Blight, Early Blight
Potatoes and tomatoes are affected by these fast growing funguses. One day you have a beautiful healthy plant and the next it is dying. They cause the foliage to turn brown and can rapidly overtake the plant. It is not easy to control. Avoid overhead watering and spray with sulfur or copper fungicides every week as a preventative.

Floating Row Covers Now?
A floating row cover is a physical barrier used to protect crops, particularly annual vegetables, such as spinach, beets, carrots, and the cabbage family. Floating row covers are an effective form of protection against leaf miner, cabbage root maggot, cabbage looper, imported cabbage worm, cucumber beetle and others.

Keep on Planting
Midsummer plantings of beets, bush beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and peas will provide fall and winter crops.

Gad Zucks!
Pick your “courgettes’ (baby zucchini) before they become ‘marrows’ (giant zucchini). The smaller the zucchini, the less water and more flavor it will have.

For the Birds
In this dry summer weather the birds would appreciate a bath and drinking water.

Spray Blossom set on your tomatoes to provide extra calcium and to keep the flowers from prematurely dropping off.

Bitter Cucumbers 🙁
The bitterness in cucumbers comes from a chemical they produce called ‘cucurbitacins’. The bitterness comes out in some varieties due to uneven temperatures and moisture and even heredity. If your cucumber is bitter it will probably stay bitter and it’s best to remove the plant.