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How Does Your Garden Grow?
June Heat
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 • Posted June 17, 2008 10:00 PM

The June heat is a real problem when there isn’t any rain in the forecast. It’s causing a variety of problems in the landscape and in everyday living. The tomatoes won’t set due to high night temperatures.

It’s difficult to know if we are watering too much or enough and how often to water. A good rule of thumb, if the plants wilt in the evening, that’s normal, but if they are still wilted in the morning, they need to be watered. Mulching is the best thing to do to retain moisture. Use two or three inches.

Plants and lawns need 1” of water a week. When you plant the tomatoes you are planting, include cherry, roma, and other small varities

. They don’t seem to notice the weather. You will have the tomatoes while you are waiting for the larger tomatoes to set.

More animals are moving into the gardens, yards and flower beds, looking for moisture and food.

We’ve had our battles with armadillos, coons, opossum, deer, squirrels and snakes. I’ve tried moth balls. Bloodmeal, human hair, radio, traps, animal repellant, rubber snakes in fruit trees and owls that glow in the dark.

It seems that a good fence and the dog seem to work best.

Take care when you are working in the heat. Wear a hat, drink water and Gatorade, use sunscreen and take breaks. Heat exhaustion can affect a person for a long time.

The Lavender Festival was a success. I didn’t know our little town could handle so many people. Blanco is blessed with wonderful volunteers.

TIP: Honey bees are necessary to pollinate the vegetables and flowers.

Make a mixture of honey and water to attract the bees. Let several of the vegetable plants bolt and go to seed. This will also attract the bees.

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