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What to do in the garden in July

Plant Seminole pumpkins now. They’ll tolerate the harsh summer weather.
Plant Seminole pumpkins now. They’ll tolerate the harsh summer weather. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garde

It’s hot and muggy outside, but your garden still needs tending. Here’s what you can do in July:

▪ Weed after the rain when the soil is softened and weeds are easier to remove. Toss the weeds into your compost bin or pile.

▪ It’s a good time to plant the edible native Seminole pumpkin. It tolerates harsh, wet summers, and may yield fruit you can harvest in the fall.

▪ Take advantage of the rain and heat to plant tropical flowering trees. They’ll dig in and establish themselves more quickly this time of year.

▪ Make (or buy) a rain barrel to collect all that life-sustaining, chlorine-free water. Potted plants love it.

— Kenneth Setzer, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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