Your Garden Chores for the Month of July: Here’s What to Do Now

Cut back annuals and perennials that have bloomed
  • Pull spent early tomato plants from your garden and compost them. Plant cherry or grape tomato varieties, which can take our summer heat better than larger tomatoes.
  • Cut back annuals and perennials that have bloomed to encourage bushiness and a new flush of blooms.
  • Be aware that hanging baskets dry out faster than plants in the ground, so you might need to water twice a day.
  • Move pots of herbs, such as parsley, dill and cilantro, to a shady site to extend their growing season. Cool-season perennial and biennial herbs tend to go dormant in the heat of summer, and annuals “bolt” and go to seed.

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