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For many gardeners across the United States, the month of July marks record breaking high temperatures. While this is true for those living in the Ohio Valley, July also means that growers should expect oppressive humidity and high heat indexes.

With the arrival of summer conditions, the regional gardening list is filled with chores that will help ensure the garden is kept healthy and productive from summer into the fall. 

July Garden Tasks

Ohio Valley gardening in July can be challenging. First and foremost, growers will need to take precautions to ensure that they are able to keep themselves safe. Make certain to avoid working on the hottest of days. On days which require work in the garden, choose to do so either early in the morning or late in the evening while temperatures are relatively cool. The additional use of protective clothing, hats, and sunscreen can also help keep those working outside safe.

July in the Ohio Valley is a time in which irrigation schedules will need to be closely followed. This is especially true for containers, potted plants, hanging baskets, and raised beds. Though rain is likely throughout the month, it will be important that plants are not allowed to wilt. When watering plants, always make certain to water at ground level to avoid splashing the leaves. This can reduce the likelihood of various plant diseases.

During this time, it will also be essential to deadhead cut-and-come-again flowers, such as zinnias. Doing so will help to promote new growth and maintain plants through the duration of summer.

Among the biggest tasks on the regional gardening list is the continued harvest of summer crops. For many, July marks the time for large harvests of beans and tomatoes.

Though it seems counter intuitive, one of the most important July tasks for Ohio Valley gardening is the planning of the fall vegetable garden. July in the Ohio Valley is the ideal time to start plants such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. Seed starting in warm temperatures may be difficult, but this will ensure an abundant and delicious fall crop of brassicas.

Other July gardening tasks related to maintenance include regular weeding and insect monitoring.

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel