What to do in your Florida garden in July, besides sweat (or, in my case, pant.)
Originally posted 7-6-12
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It's hot. It's sticky, It's wet. Welcome to Florida in July. Florida gardening in July can be a challenge, but I'm here to help.
Annuals for Your July Florida GardenFirst, the dry heat, now the rains. Have you noticed any problems in your garden? If your annuals survived the heat, their probably suffering "wet feet" from all the rain that's come our way. Now, I'm not complaining. We certainly needed the rain, with the drought and all. But, you know, come on.... gemme a break.
Here are some common problem and concerns you may encounter now that we're in the mean season of July:
Plants need a constant source of nutrients. A slow release, organic fertilizer is best and you may need to add more after the excess rain. Our sandy soils let a lot of good stuff wash away, although worm castings are best for preventing leaching. Yellow foliage is a symptom of nutritional deficiencies. Add side dressings of Pure Black Castings™ and drench or foliar spray with VermaPlex® every 7-14 days.
"Wet feet" as mentioned can be a problem if you have poor drainage. Annuals don't like it. Some varieties, like periwinkles and wax begonias, are especially sensitive. See a list below of rain-tolerant annuals.
Garden fleas, grasshoppers, whiteflies, nematodes, slugs, and snails are showing up now and will do a number on your annuals. Look for organic methods for eradication. VermaPlex® as a foliar spray will go a long way in keeping these suckers (literally, some suck the juices from your lovely annuals while the rest devour them at an alarming rate) at bay. Spray the underside of leaves as well as the tops.
- Periods of drought between heavy downpours.
It's either too wet or too dry. Turn off your sprinklers during rain spells. Check your annuals when rains stops for a couple of days to prevent them from drying out. Plants in containers are especially vulnerable to drying out, so check them daily.
Rain and Heat Tolerant Annuals for FloridaBelow is a list of annuals you can plant now for our rainy season:
- Creeping Zinnia
- Globe Amaranth
- Rose Moss
- Wax Begonias
Certified Organic Annuals Fertilizer:
|Fertilizer for Annuals|
Pure Black Castings™: Certified Organic Worm Castings created using only organic materials.
VermaMax®: Chicken Litter organically composted using VermaPlex®.
VermaPlex®: Created from Certified Organic Pure Black Castings™. Innoculate your garden soil and your compost heap.
Organic Fertilizer Information: Find use/application guides and Monroe Works.