Summer is finally here!

Summer is finally here!  Try to get out in the morning or early evening and enjoy your garden, the light is often best for taking photos.

  • Weed  Keep at it!  Do a little everyday or once a week...reward yourself with a glass of wine during or after!
  • Water to keep root ball moist and plants healthy.  Long drinks are better than short and often.
  • Conserve moisture with a two-inch thick layer of mulch.  I like to use fine to small wood chips.  Any larger and they sort of look like dog poop.
  • Roses  Black spot and rust are problems now...remove all infected leaves on plant and on soil surface.  Fertilize and give a good, long drink if you don’t have automatic irrigation.   Best to water in the morning.  Avoid spraying water on rose bushes to avoid fungal issues.
  • Remove spent blossoms on all flowering plants.  Perennials and annuals will keep on blooming if you deadhead.  Deadheading regularly also keeps your garden looking well-cared for.
  • Remove suckers on trees otherwise you will end up with a bush!  Cut back suckers to base of trunk.
  • Sow sunflower seeds for a late summer blooms.  There are so many types, sizes and colors now.  Have fun with it!

Vegetable and Fruit Garden

  • Plant or sow seeds for beans, corn, cucumber, pumpkin, squash
  • Plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant
  • Thin fruit trees to one fruit every four to six inches.  Thinning produces larger, better fruit and will prevent branches from breaking once fruits reach maturity.  
  • Water  Vegetable and fruit plants need more water than other plants because of  food production.  Watering in the morning is best, water deeply and less often and don’t spray leaves with water...otherwise you can develop fungal problems.
  • Mulch around plants to keep moisture from evaporating.


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Marga Lacabe June 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM
A couple of questions: - I'd like to grow some comfrey so I can use it for salves. Is this something likely to grow well in San Leandro? My choices of places are the side of my house - sunny but I'll have to do a lot of weeding, it's probably not much more than a foot or two wide. I can also put it in the patio, under my persimmon tree, but that's pretty much fully shaded during the summer and until January. Or I can grow it in my backyard, the one thing there is that the soil may be acidic, as there used to be huge pine trees back there. Where would you put it? And where can I buy it? - I neglected to plant herbs earlier in the summer. Are there some herbs I could find now and plant? I already have rosemary, sage and lavender - I'd like oregano, thyme, tarragon, dill, basil and mint. Also chamonille. Would any of those be available?
Angele Sweet June 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Hi Marga, Sorry for my delay in response to your questions...buys keeping up with my clients' gardens! Comfrey - I have never grown it but I think it will be easy to grow in San Leandro. It needs sun. I would buy a packet of seeds and sow in a couple of different places. From what I understand is that it will be easy to grow...like a weed if you find the right spot. Oregano, Thyme, Tarragon, Dill et. al - you can find these plants at a good nursery and plant now. You will have to make sure the soil stays moist but not sopping wet. I like to plant herbs in the fall or spring but if you watch that they don't dry out they should be find. All the plants will do well in sun, the basil should have morning sun and shade in the afternoon. Hope this helps!
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