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Florida gardening in July

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Florida gardening in July
Florida gardening calendar: what to do in your garden or yard in the month of July. Clockwise from top: Firebush, bananas, crepe myrtle and dragon fruit

Florida gardening calendar: what to do in your garden or yard in the month of July. Clockwise from top: Firebush, bananas, crepe myrtle and dragon fruit

July. Ho-hum. July is kind of a boring month when it comes to gardening in Florida, if you ask me. But that’s OK, because it’s so hot anyway. Mostly what I end up doing in my yard in July is keeping the weeds in check and trimming back plants before the summer rain and sunshine turn my yard into a subtropical jungle.

What’s new to my yard this month is fruit. Friends gave me a cutting of their dragon fruit plant. I don’t know much about dragon fruit other than I have eaten it a couple of times. It looks like a cactus. It should be interesting to learn about. We also have tiny green bananas on one of our banana trees, for the first time. There’s still nothing on our valencia orange trees, so I guess they are still too immature to bear fruit.

Following the advice of the Florida Gardening Calendar by the UF/IFAS Extension, I should solarize my soil for planting vegetables in the fall. I haven’t done this before, but it seems easy enough, especially because we have raised beds in boxes. I should also trim trees before a hurricane or tropical storm pops up. I wouldn’t want a weak branch to break off in strong winds and become a hazard to my house or my neighbors’.

What is going on in your yard this month?

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