I have missed six weeks of summer, but a heart attack can do that. I’m doing much better now and I need to thank Ruby, Armando, and George for keeping the plants watered downtown. The five-inch rain helped; iit was an answer to our prayers. The temperature has cooled off enough to have a good effect on all blooming plants. The late summer flowers are very lovely. I hope you had a productive summer garden; if you didn’t, now is the time for a second try. Fall gardens seem to produce easier than summer ones. Fall is for planting. Plant the container-grown trees and shrubs. This gives the roots a head start before the summer heat begins.
The Fall fertilizing is a very important part for your landscape. This should be the last feeding for the fruit trees. They need to harden off before freezing weather sets in. Don’t wait much longer to make cuttings of tender plants before frost. Plant parsley, cilantro, chives, garlic, spinach, lettuce, radishes, turnip greens, collard, and kale. Transplant Cole crops. Check the nurseries for availability. There are many annual and perennial flowers that are available now. Pansies and snaps may need cooler weather before being planted. Don’t forget about flowering kale and cabbage when you design your flower beds. Dig and divide spring perennials, violets, daylilies, iris, oxalis, ornamental grasses, shasta daisy, ferns, and cannas. This is the season to plant wildflowers. The seed must come in contact with the soil. There are bluebonnet transplants that can be planted in the sun and they will need to be watered until they are established. The amount of rain the seed receives will determine how well the seed will germinate.