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What to do in the garden now...
July is half over, the summer solstice has passed and the garden is humming...In these midsummer months focus on maintenance, watering, and enjoying your garden. With the high heat (we hope) and scorching sun (we wish!) avoid most gardening tasks during the warmest hours, drink plenty of water, and use sunscreen. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is also a good idea. Take a regular walk around the garden and look out for potential signs of pest and disease and take action before these become a problem.
• The hot hours of the day are not a good time to divide or transplant plants as the heat will cause your plants to suffer from transplant shock. The best time to transplant is in the cool of the late afternoon. Restrict fertilizing and pruning to the cooler hours also. If you are not comfortable working in the heat, chances are your plants will be uncomfortable being worked on too.
• Midsummer is not the ideal time for planting. However sometimes we just cannot resist buying a new plant and putting it into its new home. Pick an overcast day or plant in the evening, add plenty of organic matter to the soil and water in well. Always use a mulch around newly planted plants to help retain moisture.
• Just about now your containers might be looking a little tired. Flowers you planted in the spring may have bloomed out or become too leggy. Refresh your containers with long blooming summer flowers such as geraniums, torenia, angelonia, gomphrena, bacopa, miniature dahlias and osteospermum, all of which are available at Deep Roots.
• Relax in your deckchair, put your feet up and listen to the birds singing and the bees buzzing.
Compost • Check compost bins from time to time. Your compost should be cooking along. Keep adding material to your compost heap, mixing greens (nitrogen) with browns (carbon) at a 50/50 ratio and cover the heap to retain moisture. If the contents appear too dry, add some water and 'wet' waste, such as kitchen peelings and grass clippings. Don’t let it dry out. The worms can’t work efficiently if things are dried up! • Keep layering – one layer of wet kitchen waste (nitrogen), one layer of dry leaves, shredded newspaper, etc. (carbon) with an occasional shovelful of garden soil. • Take the opportunity to turn the contents too, this will help to aerate it and activate the bacteria that help to decompose all your waste into lovely rich, dark humus to put back on the garden. If you don't have enough green waste (nitrogen) you can add Blood Meal to heat things up.
Watering and mulching: • These are by far the most important garden jobs in midsummer. Keep plants well watered during dry spells to avoid them becoming stressed and susceptible to pests and diseases. • Try to plant your flower beds so that there is no bare soil – make full use of mulches and ground cover plants. This will reduce evaporation, keep the soil cool, and prevent weeds from germinating. Weed-free grass clippings can be piled onto beds, several inches thick. Don't cover young seedlings (apart from weeds) and don't pile up too close to plant stems. • Give your plants a deep soaking, not just a couple of squirts with the hose. • Container plants will need to be watered often. How often? Depending upon the weather, at least several times a week, and daily during hot spells or Santa Ana wind conditions. Remember the golden rule: if the soil is wet DON"T WATER IT! • Plants growing by fences and walls invariably suffer dryness at the roots. Keep all wall/fence trained plants well watered - and mulch to retain moisture. Also the soil next to the concrete footing of a wall often is highly alkaline due to the concrete seeping into the soil. Plants may not do well in this kind of location unless you acidify the soil on a regular basis.
Other Water conservation Ideas • Wash your car on the lawn. The soap won’t hurt it. When you boil eggs, or when you are done with ice buckets/ice chests let the water reach room temperature and then water your plants with it.
Clean-up and Maintenance • Work outdoors in the cool of the morning and stay hydrated. • Stay on top of weeds by first pulling any that are blooming, before they set seeds. • Clean the filter in water features, and add extra aeration to fish ponds in high temperatures. • Refresh the water in fountains and birdbaths. • Clean and refill hummingbird feeders every few days. • Golden rule #2: Never fertilize a dry plant. Wet the soil first. • Remove Japanese beetles and other pests when you see them, keep an eye out for thrips (distorted flowers and silver coloration), spider mites (look undersides of leaves), tomato fruitworm , tomato horn worm, and cabbage looper caterpillars (holes in leaves). Treat for these insects as soon as you notice them and before they become a serious problem.
Lawn Care • Continue mowing as needed, but don't cut your lawn too short, it will survive the hot dry weather much better if it is a little longer. • Make sure lawn mower blades are sharp, so they cut cleanly. • Set the mower at the highest setting for your lawn type (3”- 4” for cool-season grasses, 2”- 3” for warm-season grasses). • Try leaving the box off the mower, and let the clippings fly. They will rot speedily in warm weather, returning valuable nitrogen to the growing grass. You'll save time and effort if you don't have to go back and forth emptying the mower box. • Make sure your lawn gets at least one inch of water per week.
Ponds and Fountains • Keep your pond topped up in hot weather. • Make sure you have oxygenating plants in your pond so creatures can breath. A small fountain or cascade can help keep your pond oxygenated. The sound of trickling water can be very relaxing too. Rake out any blanket weed that has formed, make sure you leave it by the side of the pond for a couple of days, so any creatures caught in it can return to the water. • Keep bird baths clean and filled with fresh water. • Leave shallow bowls of water around your garden for butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects – they need fresh water! Be sure to add rocks to the shallow bowls so insects won’t drown as they are trying to get a drink. It’s very sad to see hard-working bees that have drowned in deep water. Do what you can to avoid this. We need the bees!
Beneficial insects • Ladybug larvae eat aphids. Don’t kill these bugs thinking that they are bad. This is a busy season for pests, but fortunately the beneficials, such as hover fly larvae, ladybugs and many others, should also be present in large numbers to deal with them.
Fungus Gnats • If you have an infestation of fungus gnats (Sciarid flies) in container plants, reduce watering immediately. These pests thrive on moist, organic material in potting soil. Top dress the soil in the pots with coarse grit to maintain a dry surface, and only water from the bottom. Spray with Spinosad.
In your vegetable garden • By now you should be reaping the rewards of your vegetable plot with freshly picked herbs, onions, garlic, zucchini, squash, beans, tomatoes and potatoes. Summer is all about cooking and eating for the vegetable gardener so enjoy the abundant rewards of your labor. • With regards to watering your vegetables, the golden rule is 'soak not splash', giving plants an occasional thorough soaking rather than a short drink every day. Apply water directly to the soil in the mornings to prevent leaf scorch. • Remove garlic flower heads to encourage bulb growth. • Add compost or organic fertilizer to vegetable gardens. • Harvest veggies. Give away or freeze any produce you can’t use, and remove plants that have finished producing. • In many cases, picking encourages continued flowering, and thus increased production. • Check zucchini plants daily to avoid the “baseball bat” phenomenon; huge zucchini don’t taste that great except in chocolate zucchini loaf, which is really more about chocolate than zucchini! (Although the moistness zucchini brings to a cake, like carrots, is irrefutable). • Search regularly for beans, cucumbers and other green veggies that might be hiding under the leaves. Do not allow these to go to seed or the plants will stop producing. • Continue weeding, watering, and removing insects. • Start seeds for cool-season fall vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and spinach but keep them out of the hot sun • Mulch sprawling plants to keep vegetables off the ground.• Harvest berries before birds and squirrels eat them. • Harvest corn when the tassels turn brown and the kernels are full and milky.• Harvest melons when they slip easily from the vine. • Check all vegetable netting for holes and gaps that may allow pests to attack.
Fruits • Check berries regularly to harvest before the birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums or skunks get them .• Harvest raspberries and strawberries, plums, peaches and apricots. Time to get out the jam-making equipment! My favorite jams? I try to combine more than one fruit in each jam: Plum and fig (I use dried figs for this…soaked in Triple Sec or Sherry first). Pear and Fig with Madeira wine, Apricot and Raspberry. Jam is fairly easy to make, just a bit time consuming. It is nice to dedicate a whole morning to making jams while listening to the radio. It makes me feel like Mother Earth. I particularly like to put a spoonful on my plain yogurt. Wonderful stuff.
• When you complete your harvest from your summer fruit trees such as peaches, apricots, plums, etc., be certain that you have cleaned up all fallen fruit from around the tree and any fruit that has mummified on the tree. Such fruit, if not removed, will attract wasps and harbor overwintering pests and disease organisms. • Check fruit trees for water sprouts (branches growing straight up from limbs) and remove them by tearing them off the mother root or branch • Cut and dig unwanted strawberry runners to increase the mother plant’s fruiting capacity. If you want to keep them for next season, place them in a small pot of soil until they root and then cut the stem that is attached to the mother plant. You can then plant elsewhere, or give to friends. Some gardeners think it’s best not to keep the same strawberries going for more than two or three years. Others disagree – but it is normal for the berries to start getting smaller. I like to start some of the runners, keeping them fed, to replace older plants gradually.
Grapes • To keep birds and wasps away from grapes, enclose whole clusters in paper bags until the clusters have ripened. Thin grapes by selectively removing grape clusters to allow remaining fruit to get larger. This encourages ripening also. Remove some leaves (but not all) from around the clusters to increase air circulation and avoid bunch rot.
Citrus and other sub tropicals: Plant kumquat, lemon, lime, orange, and other citrus. Feed your citrus trees regularly for green leaves, many flowers and delicious fruit. Inspect for pests regularly.
Herbs: The herb garden should be at its most delicious. Flowers are blooming, leaves growing and seeds are ripening - lots of choices for the table. Some herbs will be nearing the end of their growing season, so it is also a time to start harvesting and storing - and sowing or planting more! • Give herbs a haircut, and use the cuttings in salads, or make herb dipping oil (see recipe above right). • For maximum flavor, harvest herbs just as the flower buds appear. Shear back annual herbs (such as basil) to encourage a second harvest. • Harvest lemon balm, Winter savory, hyssop, tarragon, thyme, lavender, marjoram and most other herbs this month.
Edible flowers from the herb garden: Using flowers in salads and other recipes is an ancient method of adding flavor and color to food. Pick early in the day, taking care not to bruise the delicate blooms. Here is a list of some edible plants and blooms: marigold (calendula officinalis), nasturtium (tropaeolum magus) , dandelion (taraxacum officinale), violet (viola odorata), pinks (dianthus Sp.), borage (borage officinalis), rose (rosa sp.), anise hyssop (agastache foeniculum), chives (allium schoenoprasum), garlic chives (allium tuberosum), zucchini flowers.
Trees and Shrubs • Prune dead, damaged, or diseased branches. • Stop fertilizing trees and shrubs to allow them to reduce growth during the heat of summer. • Summer prune mature full-sized fruit trees once you have harvested the fruit. Winter pruning encourages strong growth, summer pruning limits strong growth. • Remove suckers by yanking downward to remove the growth bud.
• Prune spring-flowering shrubs, then leave them alone to set buds for next year. Summer and fall flowering shrubs should not be pruned unless badly overgrown while non-blooming hedges can be trimmed as needed.• Deadhead roses and other flowering shrubs so they will continue blooming.• Plants suffering from iron deficiency will benefit from an application of chelated iron and soil acidifier.
• Continue planting and transplanting container-grown trees and shrubs, but give them extra water and shade protection, if possible. • Avoid digging or cultivating around shallow-rooted plants or otherwise disturbing the roots. •Take softwood cuttings of shrubs such as hydrangea, buddleia, rose, and hibiscus. • Water trees infrequently, but deeply at the drip line.
• Camellia and azalea plants need reliable irrigation during the summer months. These plants are beginning the budding cycle that will produce next season’s flowers. Water the plants deeply and consistently and fertilize with an acid fertilizer.
• Now is the time to start picking hydrangeas for drying. Pick the flowers when the petals turn slightly "leathery", and put them into 2 inches of water in a cool place with low light. If you have timed it right the flowers will not shrivel and die once all the water has gone, but will continue to dry out, keeping their color. If the flower heads do die it is because they were not "leathery" enough when picked.
In your ornamental garden: The lushness of spring growth may be over and many plants have already passed their peak. • Spend some time having a good tidy up, deadheading and cutting back spent flowering shoots and seed heads. Deadheading many plants followed by the addition of some fertilizer will encourage them to flower again. • Prune and fertilize roses, annuals and perennials to promote more blooms. The deeper into the plant structure you cut, the longer new flowers will take to develop, so don’t go overboard if you want to see another flush of blooms. • Fertilize the plants one week after pruning.
• Hanging baskets need regular watering. Even on cloudy days check them and see if they need water. Don’t let them dry out completely as it will be difficult to re-wet them once completely dry. Moist soil takes in water more readily than dry soil. Larger baskets hold more moisture thus require less frequent watering. Water adds considerable weight, so make sure your basket hangers are secure. • Also don't forget to fertilize and deadhead them regularly.
• Plants in containers will benefit from a top dressing. Worm compost or leaf mold are ideal. • Also give them a little fertilizer if you haven't done so recently. • Peat-based container mixes become hydrophobic (they repel water) when they dry out completely; it’s hard to re-wet them. If a planted container has completely dried out, fill a larger container with water and submerge the dry container in it for half an hour or longer if needed.
Perennials • For fall blooms, shear back chrysanthemums and asters • Give a light haircut to bushy or leggy perennials to encourage re-blooming. • Support vines and tall plants with trellises or stakes. • Cut flowers in the early morning when the stems are plump. • Divide and transplant Oriental poppies. Annuals and Containers • Water container plants daily (or even twice a day) if the weather is hot. • Fertilize every couple of weeks. • Deadhead faded blossoms to increase blooming. • Pinch back leggy stems to encourage branching. • Start seeds for pansies and other fall annuals but keep out of the heat.
Houseplants • Put houseplants outdoors in the shade for the summer. They might enjoy a light spray with a hose once in a while too – never in direct sunlight, best done in the morning. This may deter spider mites and other pests from taking up residence on their leaves. (Don’t spray woolly-leaved plants, such as African violets.) • Water houseplants regularly. • Feed houseplants every couple of weeks with a balanced organic fertilizer. • Examine houseplants for insects and diseases and treat accordingly. • Repot pot-bound houseplants.
Making plans • Gardening is for optimists and requires patience and a faith in the future. Now is the time to look around your garden and decide what is working and what is not. Draw a plan of your garden, label the plants you want to move and make a note to yourself as to where you can move them once they are dormant.
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