A Beautiful July Garden



The July garden can be a beautiful thing, if it's kept well. Or it can be an overgrown mess in summer, a bare patch of dirt in the winter. Here are some tips to help your gardens look nice.

Plan your July gardening time

Taken July 20, 2007, Aquitane, France

Many countries have holidays in July, go on vacation in July, or tend to relax more then. It's very easy to let your garden go when other things are happening. Don't do this!

If you need to, schedule your gardening time and try to go outside on a daily basis. That way, if life gets in the way, at least you'll be out there several times a week to make sure your garden is cared for properly.



Focus on keeping the garden clean

Dead, wilting, or diseased plants and overgrown weeds can become a problem in a July summer, and this will make your garden look unhappy.

Winter storms can leave broken branches, leaves, and other debris in your garden, which can become a hazard, especially if left on walkways.

Make sure your paths are swept, your plants are cared for, and any weeds are removed before the problem becomes serious.



Deal with the very worst problems first

If you're very busy and only have a little time, the demands of some July gardens can seem overwhelming. Fix the worst problem in the time you do have: pull the biggest weeds, cut the branch that's hanging in the driveway, and so on.

Once you've taken care of that very bad problem, all the rest will seem easier. :)



Enter the July garden contest!

Do you have an edible July garden? Share it!

Each July, the home edible garden I like the best will be awarded a crown to wear all year long.

July Winter Garden

2015: No entries

July Summer Garden

2015: Lynn Sterner, CA (US)

Entries are given points for:

  • Hardscape (walls, paths, walkways, etc)
  • Overall design
  • Whether the garden complements this house
  • Use of edible trees and shrubs
  • Use of edible perennials
  • Use of edible annuals
  • Curb appeal
  • Photo quality

ALL the garden entries for July will also be entered into our Summer and Winter Garden Contests, which will involve prizes!

And everyone who enters into these contests for all four seasons will be eligible for the Four Season Edible Garden Contest.

Will you become Queen (or King) of the Garden? You have to enter to find out!

Don't forget to leave your email address (there's a place for you to do that after you submit your photos) so I can contact you later on when you win. :)

The July contest is closed for 2015. But you can still share your garden photos that you took in July! Please share your garden photos by filling out the form below.

Read more about our Four Season Garden contest!

Or if you don't want to compete, you can share your garden with us here.

Share Your July Garden

Show off your beautiful, edible July gardens!

*Tell us what is growing in your yard
*Show us your photos (up to four)
*Go to the next page to add your email address

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