In the Organic Garden: Week of July 31, 2017


July 31 to August 6, 2017: This week, we’re refreshing tired summer pots and deadheading plants to keep them blooming.


In fruit and vegetable gardens, we’re

  • finishing up planting fall vegetables. Direct sow crops like carrots, beets, turnips, kohlrabi and kale, and plant out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
  • harvesting new potatoes, cabbage, beans, summer squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Peppers may be coming in too.
  • harvesting herbs to dry. Cut, bunch together, and hang upside down to dry in a warm, dark place with good air circulation.
  • harvesting raspberries.
  • continuing to weed.
  • turning the compost heap.
red sunflower

Sunflowers are opening now (and they aren’t just yellow)!

Ornamental Gardens

In other parts of the garden, we’re

  • watering containers every day and feeding once a week with compost tea, worm casting tea, or organic fertilizer. Regular watering washes nutrients out of the containers, so for constant blooming, be sure to feed your container plants.
  • pulling spent flowers from containers. If your container garden is past its prime, trim up the salvageable plants and add a couple of new ones. Just switching a few can refresh the whole container.
  • ordering our bulbs to plant this fallWhile October is the best time for planting bulbs, we order in August to get the best selection. If you’d like us to order and plant bulbs for you, contact us at
  • pruning wisteria. Summer pruning ensures your wisteria will set lots of buds for next year’s flowers. Check this guide for more information.
  • finishing up summer pruning. We like to have all our pruning done by mid- to late August. Pruning later than that can encourage new growth that doesn’t have time to harden off before winter.
  • continuing to deadhead perennials to keep them blooming.
  • weeding. Weeds are still growing, so keep after them.
  • mowing the lawn high. Remember to set your mower at 3″ to 3.5″ above the ground to encourage grass instead of weeds.

Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

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