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By now you should be getting vegetables from your garden. Watch for tomato worms. Use caterpillar killer on them or pick them off and kill. Water your garden well about 2 to 3 times a week. Give it a good deep soaking when you water. You may need to fertilize one time this time of year. If you are suffering blossom end rot, add calcium.
Harvest regularly to keep your garden producing.
Hopefully it looks full now and not like the beginning of the season.
Water Mulch Mulch Mulch Water
With the summer heat comes the need for watering. Considering the dry conditions this year you should mulch around all your plants to reduce the amount of water you need to use. The mulch holds the moisture in the ground and reduces evaporation leaving more available too the plants.
Remember that it is better for trees in particular to have deep soakings 2 to 3 times a week rather than daily short watering. This will get a deeper root system and produce a tree that can withstand the long hot days much better than one that is watered daily for short periods.
If you are seeing stress from the heat such as burned leaf edges, flowers fading quickly, wilting, etc., give your plants a deeper soaking and add mulch.
If you do have heat stressed plants, we carry Superthrive which works great for reviving stressed plants.
It seems the biggest problem we here during the summer are customers with plant symptoms described above. Usually the problem is corrected with a deeper soaking and mulch.
Planning Ahead For Fall
Even though it is summer now fall will be here soon. Remember fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Our selection of trees and shrubs is excellent with a full inventory to choose from. If you have a place that is just too hot, consider a tree to put in to reduce the heat. Shade trees make the yard much cooler and can help to reduce cooling costs when planted on the west and south sides of the house.
BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES
Our bare root fruit tree list will be available soon. I just got the confirmations and am working on the list now. As soon as it is available I will let everyone know. Plan ahead for bare root fruit trees. We did not increase our order over last year and we sold out early on many items last year.If you are planning on bare root fruit trees this upcoming season, as soon as the list is ready, take a look and if you know for sure what you want, come in and pay for your selections and we will tag them and notify you when they arrive in December so you will be sure to get the trees you want. We do not take special orders on bare root fruit trees this late in the season. Our order is already in.
We hope to see you soon.
5 gallon $9.50
1 gallon size $4.50
Large assortment of varieties.
Salvia ‘Hot Lips”
1 gallon $4.50
Santa Barbara Daisy
1 gallon $2.95
Drought Tolerant Ground Cover. Blooms all Summer.
5 gallon bush form
Red Rocket $16.50
Fruit Trees 5 gallon
$20.00 each (Does not include Citrus)
All prices limited to stock on hand.