Thinking about Seedlings in July?

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July may seem an odd time to be thinking about seedlings and when to start your seeds, but really it is a perfect time to make some mental notes, or even better some real notes in your garden journal or on a calendar to be saved. By this time of year gardens in even the temperate zones 4/5/6 range are well into the season and there are starting to be some rows that are being cultivated under and awaiting for next year to begin producing again.

 It is now that you can accurately date when the different varieties of tomatoes you planted began to ripen, and have a good idea what items will be heavy producers on the year and which ones were flops. Keeping an accurate record of these things is incredibly helpful when you start filling out seed orders in mid-winter and those small notes on the calendar of varieties and actual dates that they began to produce can make a huge difference in next year's crop production. The two weeks difference will make a big difference in planning when to start seeds next late winter/early spring if you know it was on the 10th of June instead of the 24th of June but most memories come next February stop at "sometime in June".

Why would any of that really matter? It is nice to be able to space some crops out so you can harvest all summer by planting different varieties or different start dates. Instead of having fresh tomatoes in this 2 week period have them from the first of June to the end of August and not ever be elbows deep in them. Also, with accurate records of how thing grow and mature in the soil in your garden you will know if claims of "early" actually were.

Aside from accurately dating your crops and days to maturity or harvest starting in July, it is also the perfect time to begin serious thoughts on what changes you want to make to your garden next year. Most gardeners make a habit of saying "Next year I am going to …" at least once a day. By jotting all these thoughts down, they go from idle musings to productive plans of action. It is also the time of year to give serious thought any big changes or upgrades for next year's garden.

Planning new irrigation hoses now will allow you to look at them, purchase at offseason prices in another month and put in markers or bury pieces in fall. If you are like many people that every spring say they wish they had started their seedlings earlier it is a perfect tome to begin shopping for polytunnels or other major upgrades which can then be set up in fall for use as storage throughout the fall and winter and to be up and fully ready to go at the earliest possible spring date.

 

It is the height of summer but the perfect time to be thinking about spring seedlings, what worked and did not work, and what to do for next spring to make it better. Accurate notes and planning means that next spring you will "think" less and "know" more. The higher crop yields will be the reward that makes it worthwhile. 


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