Garden Visits Galore: A Look Into July Garden Visits
I can’t believe it’s almost August. Time flies when you’re having fun! July was a very busy month for us here at Build It Up. The first half of the month was drought central while the second half of the month has seen rain almost every day. Throughout the month of July, Lexy and I have been conducting garden visits with all our gardeners. July is a good month for this as pests, fungal diseases and weeds are at their peak right now, so it’s important to know how to deal with them.
A lot of questions were “what is this spot?” or “what is this pest?”. But we also had questions about saving seeds, when to harvest, and succession sowing. All completely normal questions for this time! Gardening is so much about trial and error. It’s been fun to see each gardener learn more and more throughout the season. Next week we will have our second to last session and will be talking about fall gardening i.e what to plant, when to plant, and overall soil health. So come with all your fall gardening questions!
Lexy and I have especially enjoyed seeing families and couples working together and putting long hours of hard work into their gardens. It definitely showed. There’s something so peaceful and relaxing about getting your hands dirty and working with the earth. And then to have a multitude of growth happen in just a couple months, it’s exciting! Now it’s harvesting galore. Squash and cucumbers are coming in in droves. Tomatoes are starting to ripen. And fall gardening is just around the corner.
This has been a great month to be able to go out (while social distancing and wearing masks) to see and talk to everyone. There is something so special about seeing and talking to people in person. This year we haven’t had many opportunities to put faces to the names we so often see on webinars and email. Garden visits made it possible to still nurture in-person learning and growth, both of the gardener and the garden.
Below are some pictures I have gathered from our garden visits. We are looking forward to fall gardening!