- Water your garden beds slowly and deeply, once or twice a week depending on the weather. Most plants require about 1 to 1 ½ inches of water a week. Water your garden accordingly and be mindful of the weather.
- Regularly water tomato plants, which prefer an even supply of water. Allowing them to dry out too much will cause tomatoes to split.
- Harvest cucumbers, beans, peppers, tomatoes and zucchini to encourage plants to produce more fruit.
- Deadhead or cut back annuals to promote new growth.
- Early in the month, plant a second crop of beans. Do not allow the new plants to dry out, so water them regularly.
- Harvest fresh herbs during the morning hours before the days get too hot. Enjoy cooking with fresh herbs, or dry them for later use; you can even freeze them in small batches.
- Avoid pruning trees and shrubs during hot summer days.
- Harvest onions and garlic, then start the drying process.
- Do not be alarmed if you find caterpillars on fennel, dill, rue, or carrots. Swallow tail butterflies lay their eggs on these plants and their larvae feed on them.
- Avoid applying strong chemicals in your garden, especially during extremely hot days. Instead opt for eco-friendly solutions.
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Ana graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the College of DuPage. She continued her studies in Horticulture through the outreach program at the University of Illinois. In 2014 Ana completed the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program through the Chicago Botanical Garden.