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.