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Vegetable Garden

- Continue to plant bush beans to extend the harvest season
- Monitor for cucumber beetle, mexican bean beetle and flea beetle
- There is still time to plant squash and it will be less susceptible to squash vine borer
- Continue to harvest leafy vegetables and herbs including thyme, basil, parsley and rosemary
- Be sure to mulch between rows and in beds to reduce weed growth, conserve moisture and reduce incidence of disease
- Visit your local farmstand for Jersey Fresh vegetables


- Maintain a sharp mower blade to reduce damage to turfgrass
- Monitor for warm-season diseases like Pythium, brown patch, summer patch and dollar spot
- Check for chinch bugs and billbugs
- Maintain grass height at 2 1/2-3 inches for most cool-season grasses

Landscape Plants
- In bloom are lilies, hosta, spirea, hydrangea, coreopsis and lavender
- Divide Iris
- Mulch if not already done
- Use drip hoses whenever possible to reduce disease problems
- Evergreen trees such as spruces and firs can be pruned
- Avoid fertilization of trees and shrubs
- Deadhead flowering annuals and perennials to extend the season and keep plants vigorous
- Pinching of mums should be completed by the middle to end of the month
- Monitor for borers (several species), scale, lacebugs (several species), spider mites and aphids

Fruit Trees and shrubs

- Fruit harvest for July includes peaches, nectarines, apricots, blueberries, blackberries and elderberries
- Monitor for thrips, bacterial leaf spot, codling moth, sooty blotch and fly speck
- Watch for Nitrogen deficiency as a result of wet weather
- Visit your local farmstand for Jersey Fresh fruit

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