Relax. Beat the heat with a cool beverage while enjoying your garden from indoors.


Protect developing tree fruit from birds and squirrels by placing netting over trees.

Continue deep watering of fruit trees and citrus to insure a good fruit crop.


Deadhead annuals and perennials to encourage new growth and blooms.

Divide iris every two to four years and save new rhizome growth to replant.


Lightly fertilize actively growing plants.

Give special attention to container plants.


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Summer heat can be truly formidable in the San Joaquin Valley. Delay unnecessary planting until cooler weather.

Bulbs, corms, tubers: naked lady (Amaryllis belladonna).

Enjoy now:

Annuals and perennials: lily of the Nile (Agapanthus), floss flower (Ageratum),

amaranthus, aster, Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle).

Bulbs, corms, tubers: naked lady, canna.

Fruits and vegetables: almonds, beans, corn, cucumber, peaches.

Things to ponder:

The San Joaquin Valley is largely made up of zones 8 and 9. Consider this when selecting plants for your garden.

Permeable hardscapes allow water from irrigation or rainfall to stay in place in the landscape, rather than running off into gutters and storm drains. Examples include pavers and bricks without mortar or grout, decks, crushed rock or gravel.

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Source: Adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition, currently available from Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. Gardening Questions answered at (559) 241-7534. Prepared by Judy Parker, Fresno County Master Gardener.

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