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My Illinois-in-July Garden

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My fluffy sunflower.

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We always stop cutting asparagus on July 4 so it can develop strong roots for next year.

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Three kinds of double hollyhocks — red, white, and cream.

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We’ll have chestnuts this year, despite the Japanese beetles.

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Two kinds of Concord grapes — seedless and seeded.

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The small purple dahlia.

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The melons, cucumbers, and yellow squash — so far, so good. They usually die in late July or August due to bugs.

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Sunflowers, zinnias, and acorn squash.

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My fuzzy sunflower.

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My white zinnias.

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Trying to live in harmony with the Japanese beetles, but it has become difficult.

7 Responses to “My Illinois-in-July Garden”

  1. sheri Says:

    Beautiful flowers! Maybe you just need a duck or two to help turn the tide in the war with the bugs. Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

  2. LaurieBluedorn Says:

    Never thought of ducks!

  3. Lisa Beth W. Says:

    Are you totally opposed to using a trap for the beetles? I used one this year and was so amazed at how well it worked! It doesn’t touch the plants at all.

  4. Lisa Beth W. Says:

    Oh, and your gardens look so lovely!

  5. LaurieBluedorn Says:

    Yes, we use traps. We also use Sevin and soap and neem oil. We caught nearly 80 pounds with the traps.

  6. Denise Says:

    What do you use the neem oil for?

  7. LaurieBluedorn Says:

    It’s an organic pesticide which kills lots of kinds of bugs.

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