Tuesday, August 5, 2008
AUGUST PLANTING TIPS
It is time to plant seeds, if you want to have those fall and winter veggies, like spinach, scallions, carrots and even lettuces. Have you been keeping track of the price of these things in the produce section?
If you have never had a veggie patch, this may be a good year to start, because it doesn't look like the prices are going down.
Things that you grow always taste so much better than the stuff you get at the grocery store.
Don't forget to order your fall bulbs for planting this month.
Try planting crocus bulbs, they will give your landscape a gentle touch of fall color.
You should be deadheading flowers as they fade, it keeps the plant looking better and
it keeps them from shedding their seed so they will produce more new blooms.
If you live in a mild climate, and have roses, you should fertilize them this month.
Don't forget, that Iris and other early blooming perennials can be divided this month, all the way into September. Do this at the coolest part of the day and give them a good watering in their new location.
August is such a hot month, keep a good eye on all your plants watering needs, they need about an inch of water each week. Deep, less frequent watering, is much better for them.
And don't forget the hanging baskets, check them everyday in this hot weather.