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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Summer Afternoons are Here
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 • Posted May 20, 2008 10:00 PM

The spring mornings are wonderful and the summer afternoons are here. The afternoon temperatures have hit 90 degrees several days. Some of the plants are showing the effects.

One of the bad bugs have hit many of our plants this season. Thrips have damaged many roses this spring. Many of the roses don’t open completely and the edges turn brown. The thrip is a tiny insect that lives in the bottom of the rose bud. The first sign is the white lines through the leaves. Thrips are so small that you can place 20 on the head of a pin. Use a systemic rose control. The insecticide is taken up through the roots and kills the thrip. If you wish to be organic, use a garlic spray and spray in the early morning. You will need to spray several times. Remove all flower buds that are affected and the next batch of blooms should be fine.

The peaches are being harvested. I purchased the first fruit from McCall Creek Farms Fruit stand. The type of peach is Regal. They are cling, medium size, and have a wonderful flavor. If you plan to plant fruit trees, I would suggest planting the Regal.

The Lavender Festival is near, June 14-15. Many places have lavender for sale. Provance and Spanish are the two types that I have planted. They must be in full sun and good drainage. Water the plants well when you plant them and keep them damp until they have rooted. We water ours that are in the ground once a week, depending on the temperature and rainfall.

The plant usually begin to bloom in May and June, depending on the variety. Lavender oil can be used to treat a variety of complaints from skin conditions to sleep problems and have virtually no side effects.

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