The autumn breeze has turned into a winter wind, but there’s no reason why you should stay out of your garden in July. Though you might feel like the cold is just too much to bear, putting a bit into your garden in July can give you a few fewer things to do when the weather finally comes back around.
Freshen up the furniture. Winter is a great time to get your outdoor furniture cleaned up and do any maintenance it needs to withstand the use it will get in the warmer months. Wash tables and chairs with warm, soapy water and touch up cracks in painted metal furniture. If you find that your furniture is beyond repair, this is the time to shop for a new outdoor furniture set.
Maintain your tools. It might not seem like much fun, but it’s important to care for your tools. This is the time to sharpen, oil, and clean blades and other parts that can get dirty all summer long. Spruce up the lawnmower by removing caked-on dead grass, and changing fluids (or replacing batteries if cordless).
Mulch the beds. This is the season to mulch your veggie patches, raised beds, and ornamental gardens. With less plant growth at this time of year, it’s easier to see and spread. Choose sustainable materials, such as homemade compost and organic matter like pea straw. You’ll keep soil warmer and give spring gardens a good start.
Plant. Depending on your climate, you can plant the following in July:
- Cool/Cold areas: Deciduous fruit trees (apples, pears, plums, etc.), carrots, spinach, sweet peas, broad beans.
- Temperate areas: Ornamental and fruit trees (figs, pistachios), bare-rooted roses, lettuce, celery, potatoes.
- Warm areas: Chinese cabbage, sweet corn, leeks, pumpkins, tomatoes, watermelon.