How about that rain? Do your plantings look happier? It’s amazing what one inch of rain can do. Fall is only a few weeks away so it’s time to prepare for a productive fall garden. Gardners watch the calendar, not the temperature!
Seed: snap beans, cucumbers, radishes, summer squash, sweet corn, okra and black-eyed peas. Transplant: eggplant, tomatoes and peppers.
The middle of August start flats of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, parsley and spinach. Most root plants don’t transplant well. It’s better to wait until September and plant them directly into the garden.
Summer Color: Lantana, mandevilla, allamanda, bibiscus, salvia, zinnias, periwinkle, marigold, portulaca, purslane, copper plant, candlestick plant, plus many others.
Diffuse sunlight on new plantings and cut down pest damage by using row cover. Cut perennials back one third. Fertilize and water. The plants will put on a new flush of blooms in the fall.
Prune roses (except climbers) for fall bloom. Fertilize regularly. Keep tree pruning to a minimum during the summer, with the exception of oak trees; they can be pruned during the hot, dry weather. Oak Wilt spores are not present at this time. Fast growing shrubs need to be pruned to keep their shape, but no heavy pruning until winter.
If you are installing a new lawn, the sod must be kept wet until the roots and soil make good contact. Use a roller to roll the sod. This will help eliminate air pockets, which create disease and pests. Super S Foods has rollers for rent. If you are seeding a bermuda grass lawn, this is the last month that you can be certain it will sprout and grow a lawn before the growing season is over. The seed must be kept wet until it sprouts. It must not dry out. You will usually water twice a day.
Fertilize hanging baskets and patio pots regularly.