Welcome to July 2018’s Garden Update. This month has been so HOT and HUMID. And also full of rain.
Harvests this month were limited to peppers, limequats, and yellow roses. And… surprisingly enough, a rogue carrot hiding out amongst the peppers. While the pepper monster was still out on the loose this month, he or she did not do nearly as much damage as last month. I’ve been spraying peppermint around the garden beds.
Some of the peppers growing were harvested this month. I picked some Jimmy Nardello peppers before they turned red, chopped them up, and mixed them in with my scrambled eggs. They were quite good and had just a pinch of heat, which might be because they were planted between jalapeno and chili peppers.
The peppers have been enjoying their time under the shade cloth that I use every summer. If you’re interested in knowing if your garden could benefit from using a shade cloth, check out Using Shade Cloths in the Garden.
The other main crop growing this month is sweet potato. The sweet potato plants have also been enjoying the protection of a shade cloth as well while they grow. The vines have been growing nicely and rooting. This month they started blossoming as well. I love these beautiful flowers. They look so much like morning glories since they’re part of that family. While I wouldn’t recommend planting Sweet Potatoes in Florida after July, if you’re interested in learning how to grow them, check out How to Grow Sweet Potatoes from Slips.
This month the fruit tree enclosure was taken down. It will come back out in the spring. The rainy season is here and there are no more apples on the trees that need protection. That’s right, folks – I said apples – in FLORIDA. The banana trees have been enjoying the sunshine and the limequat is covered in fruit.
Flowers are still blooming and looking beautiful in the summer heat. Zinnias, roses, and even a few mums! And one of my two little Muskogee crepe myrtles is starting to bloom its beautiful lavender colored flowers. I got these when I become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation.
While it’s been rather uncomfortable outside lately, it’s given me a chance to enjoy my indoor garden a bit more. My succulent babies have been enjoying their time and keeping me company.
Of course, because it’s been so hot out, and fall planting season is coming up soon, I’ve got some seedlings getting started indoors. Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and a few flowers – marigolds, calendula, zinnias, lavender, and coneflowers.
I have two different grow lights I’m using. The standard one I use every season – Jump Start Grow Light, and a fairly new Dual Head LED Light that seems to be adding a little bit of a psychedelic aspect to the growing corner. It’s been working well with the back two row of flowers.
I’m also using two different soil pods to grow my seedlings, Trays, and Peat Pellets. The peat pellets hold less soil, but also take up less space. I’m currently using the peat trays for my nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and the pellets for flowers. Check out How to Start Seeds Indoors to learn more.
Hope you enjoyed July 2018’s Garden Update. Happy Gardening!