This is such a miserable time of year for gardening. I look out the window and see all the plants struggling in the heat, grass is dry and brittle and downright painful to walk on, and if you do venture outside for a closer look, the heat sucks the breath out of you. Creativity seems to melt away in this sweltering heat.
Fading garden, fading spirits and fading energy are all par for the course in July. But, this is where all your hard work throughout the rest of the season can pay off….that is if you did it. A plant, planted in the fall, and given the time to adjust and send out some good roots, will most likely deal with this heat by going dormant, as opposed to a plant that was put in the ground in June, which just swivels up and dies. A plant living in amended soil is much happier than a plant trying to survive in our red clay which is more like a brick in July. Doing some research and knowing which plants can tolerate hot dry conditions will help your garden survive the summer.
Is it any wonder most people leave town and go on vacation in July? Most will say it is to head to cooler areas for some relief, but I think it is so they will not have to look at the pitiful state of their garden. Spend sometime this fall getting your garden ready for next summer and you may decide to stick around next July.