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If you just have to plant in July...

Posted by tomatofreak Z9 Phx USA (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 7, 12 at 13:44

in Phoenix! Here's what you might try:

Even hotter than June until the monsoon arrives. Humidity starts arriving from the gulf of California. Gardening is almost at a standstill.
- Stick to your fertilizing program
- Check all your plants on a regular basis to see if they get enough water. It is good to check the drippers every 2 weeks to see if they are not clogged. Deep water your trees (irrigation is great).
- Check your drip watering system. Verify the ground humidity around all plants. Check your drippers every other day to see if any popped out now that heat is making the hoses softer.

What to sow:
Celosia Cockscomb, Cosmos, Gaillardia, Marigold, Shasta Daisy, Sunflower, Vinca, Zinnia

In the vegetable garden
- Plant bush beans, cantaloupe, eggplant, pumpkin, summer squash, watermelon, winter squash. They will produce in the fall. Shade your young plants."

Here is a link that might be useful: Phoenix calendar

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: If you just have to plant in July...

Better yet, don't, lol!

Thanks for the good info, TF!

RE: If you just have to plant in July...

Isn't it kind of early to plant zinnias and marigolds in the low desert? Was thinking Sept might be better??

RE: If you just have to plant in July...

Not according to the above calendar - and the nursery where I bought the seeds. Nobody asked the seeds, apparently.

RE: If you just have to plant in July...

Now would be a great time to plant zinnias while we're getting some rain, mine bloom from spring til fall just keep them deadheaded. I just planted armenian cukes and planning to plant more melons and winter squash. Also starting tomato seeds for late Sept. transplanting.

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