THINGS TO DO -
1. Too hot? We sell shade cloth.
6' and 12' wide in 50% or 70% shade. By the foot or by the roll. 50% shade
is 6' wide, 2.69 per foot or $199.99 per roll (6' x 100'). 70% is $269.99
per roll (6' x 100' or 12' x 50'). 6' = 3.59 per foot. 12' = 7.19 per foot.
2. Vegetable plants looking
fried? Maybe you need some shade cloth. You don't need to cover the whole
plant - just the west side. Make a "wall" with the cloth. You can use a
couple bamboo stakes and clothes pins. It's easy and allows you to pick your
veggies and shade your plants from the hot afternoon sun.
3. Keep dead-heading your roses,
perennials and other flowering plants - Crape Myrtles too. They push new
growth and will keep producing flowers.
4. We will be getting
Fall/Winter vegetables in six- veggies fall packs. Broccoli, Cauliflower,
Cabbage, Onions, Peas, Chard, Kale, Lettuce and more later in August. Yes,
August/September is the time to plant them for an early fall harvest. You
might need some shade cloth or cardboard however to shade them if it gets
too hot. (See #2)
5. Fall/Winter flowers are
coming in later in August too! Pansies, Violas, Stock, Primrose, Snapdragons
and all the rest.
6. You can also start them all
from seed right now. We have lots of varieties. You can start them in flats
and put them out later when they're big enough.
7. August is the last chance to
"summer prune" your fruit trees to keep them from getting too big. Trees can
still produce new growth that gets a chance to harden off. You can also
prune in fall while the trees still have leaves--especially good for
cherries and apricots to avoid spreading disease. You can prune long
branches of blueberries now too. Remember - more side branching means more
flowers for next year. Don't prune blueberries in the winter! You will cut
off all the flowering wood.
8. Was your fruit small or did
some of your branches break? Did you ever thin your fruit trees? Starting to
get the idea of how much has to be thinned so the branches don't break, and
the fruit gets bigger? Figure one fruit per 6 inches of branch - give or
9. Mites can be a problem late in
the summer. They love it hot and dusty. The leaves will look faded or
"silvered". If you look closely you might see some tiny webbing on the back
side. The mites are very tiny. Washing with water helps. If it's too
serious, a Horticultural Oil will kill them, Safer Soap or use Spinosad--ready
to use, attached to a hose or in a concentrate. Always best to spray in the
cool part of the day. Not sure what you have? Put leaves in a plastic bag
and bring them in. Or email me.
10. Deer can be a big problem in
the late summer and fall because they have nothing to eat. Liquid Fence
really works. It has to be reapplied every couple weeks during the dry times
when deer start getting desperate about food. Once a week if there are a lot
of deer. It's that or build a 7-foot fence to keep them out.