THINGS TO DO -
The most important thing you can do right now (besides watering) is mulching.
Keep the soil moister, cooler, and your plants less stressed out. Plus, cuts
down on weeds.
2. Check all your irrigation systems. Do you have
dry spots? Perhaps a dripper is clogged or you need to add an extra one. Check
your timers and drip systems. Check for leaky valves or faucets. A little drip
can mean hundreds to thousands of gallons over a long period of time.
3. Are you getting enough or too much water?
Remember that drip irrigation needs to run for at least 30 min. to an hour or
more depending on the gallons per HOUR that you have. Ten minutes on a 1 gal per
hour dripper gives 1/6 of a gallon (about 2.5 cups) - not enough for a tree or
shrub. It's better to run a drip system longer and less frequently than just a
few minutes every day. Have a mix of trees and flowers on your drip system? Just
add more drippers to the trees. We have drippers, tubing and just about
everything you need for your drip system.
4. So you didn't get around to getting your
vegetables in and you think it's too late? Don't be silly! This is California!
We harvest right into November! Plant now and you can have crops from late June
into the fall. It is actually a good idea to stagger crops like corn. We still
have a great selection of vegetables, tomatoes, melons, peppers, squash,
cucumber, etc. Lots of seed too.
5. Get that weed-eater out now and get the weeds
down. Once everything dries out a mower can start a fire. Keep brush cleared
away from trees. Keep tree branches pruned up if you have anything flammable
near them. Don't have a "fire ladder" near your house that can get up into your
6. Time to start "summer pruning" your fruit
trees to keep them from getting too big. Think "fruit bush" instead of fruit
tree and it is suddenly easier to prune them. Not sure? Just cut the branches
back half way.
7. Did you ever thin your fruit trees? If the
branches have too much fruit, they can break branches and the fruit will be very
small. Take some fruit off and space out the fruit. Grape clusters should be cut
in half so the bunches will produce larger grapes.
8. Blueberries can be pruned back right after
they finish fruiting. The new branches will produce fruit for next year. They
can be pruned again later in summer if new growth shoots out. Bushy blueberries
produce more fruit.
As we start getting closer to tomato harvest time, people bring in tomatoes that
are brown or rotted on the bottom. It's called Blossom End Rot and it can be
fixed by applying calcium - gypsum or lime. We also have Foli-Cal which is
absorbed right into the leaves very quickly. Concentrate or Ready to Use.
10. When is the best time to water? Preferably
early in the morning so the plants have enough moisture to get them through the
day. But if they are dry, anytime. We water most of our trees in containers
twice a day. If you buy any trees from us, please remember this. We give people
credit for lots of things but not if they don't water their plants. Once in the
ground, trees will need water at least a few times a week. Mulch helps too.
Always check your trees when first planting and adjust watering accordingly.
11. Already have deer problems? If you can't
build a 7' fence around
your garden, try Liquid Fence. We have small Ready to use (RTU) in a quart and 1
gal size. Also concentrate for serious users. I like the 1 gal RTU. It has its
own sprayer and I can just refill it from the concentrate instead of using a
regular sprayer to mix up the stinky stuff. (Although it only stinks one day.)
Use every 2-3 weeks.
12. We have apples, cherries, plums, pluots,
peaches, nectarines, apricots, almonds as well as figs, pears, olives and
pomegranates in 5 gal. We also have 15 gal. Walnuts for only $69.99!
13. Keep dead-heading your roses, perennials and
other flowering plants. They will keep producing flowers for you all summer!