The pace has slowed down a bit here at the nursery. The spring push to get the gardens remodeled with a fresh look and the vegetables planted (to hopefully cut our grocery costs) are now over. Now we are just trying to keep everything watered and healthy.
In the nursery, we are still fully supplied with all the summer, heat-loving color. Black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower and of course the ever popular, petunias, marigolds and zinnias. Most all the landscaping shrubs and hardy perennials are looking good and still very available. If you have a hillside or erosion control problem-NOW is the time to plant it up. Don’t wait until the winter rains come. Get the young plants started now. Give the roots time to grow strong and root in.
And of course, don’t forget the roses. We still have hundreds to choose from and they can be planted anytime all summer long. Remember to keep deadheading and feeding every six weeks for best performance. If bugs or disease are a problem, bring in samples. We will try to give you the most organic and safe solution to the problem. Don’t forget that our rose field is closed every Wednesday for maintenance.
In the vegetable garden, there is still plenty of time to plant tomatoes, squash, beans, eggplant, peppers and herbs. I just planted more tomatoes and cucumbers, this weekend. You can continue to plant new crops of lettuce every few weeks. Maybe giving them afternoon shade as the summer gets warmer.
Right now the emphasis is on feeding, mulching and maintenance. Watching out for bugs and disease.
But don’t forget the most important job of all:
Sit back, relax and enjoy!