We are so blessed to have such a wonderful Wisdom Keeper volunteering her time to nurture our community gardens, Sue Anderson! Sue has put together this comprehensive guide for our Community Gardens that can be used in your garden too. If you haven’t heard of Moon Planting then Click here for her Moon Planting calendar! Sue has created this great information for us to follow every month. Thanks Sue!!
Sues’ Perpetual Gardening Calender
The jobs and moon plantings stay the same.
Jobs to do in July
o Compost – keep compost piles damp and turned often
o Compost – turn your compost and start a new pile
o Compost – mulch to suppress weeds and conserve water
o Cuttings – take cuttings of tender perennial herbs
o Fertilize – feed actively growing plants with fish emulsion
o Fertilize – feed cabbages and leafy vegetables every 2-3 weeks with diluted solutions of liquid fertilizer and seaweed extract
o Fertilize – feed pawpaw with chook pellets, prune, water and mulch. Add handful of lime monthly
o Harvest – root vegetables and fruit for storage in 3rd quarter
o Harvest – tomatoes and peppers before frosts, pumpkins and winter squash when skins are hard.
o Harvest – pick herbs at mid morning for drying
o Maintenance – plan garden projects such as raised beds and drip irrigation
o Pests – watch for citrus bronze orange bug and spray with natural pyrethrum or knock into a bucket of soapy water
o Pests – Bait and trap for pests early in the season and clean up their hiding places
o Pests – wash aphids off new growth with hose
o Pests – watch for fruit fly on tomatoes and capsicums and cover with exclusion bags
o Prune – pinch off strawberry runners
o Prune – grape pruning must finish this month
o Prune – prune fig tree by 2/3rds to promote new growth for next season’s fruit crop
o Prune – thin fruit trees, support limbs bearing heavy crops, prune citrus